Bloch: Schelomo

Scottish conductor Sir Donald Runnicles leads the NZSO for Ernst Bloch's Schelomo, with cellist Nicolas Altstaedt


20 minutes

Performance date

28 April 2023


Donald Runnicles
Nicolas Altstaedt

Bloch Schelomo

Sir Donald Runnicles Conductor
Nicolas Altstaedt Cello

Ernest Bloch, the Swiss-born Jewish composer, wrote Schelomo as the last in his so-called Jewish Cycle, a series of works in which he sought to express his Jewish identity.

In writing works like Schelomo, Bloch said he “listened to an inner voice, deep, secret, insistent, ardent … a voice which seemed to come from afar beyond myself, far beyond my parents. This entire Jewish heritage moved me deeply; it was reborn in my music.”

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