A tremendous song without words: Ernest Bloch's Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra Shelomo is one of the most important solo works of the 20th century, in which the quality of the cello, its likeness to the human voice, is condensed with overwhelming artistic expression. Ulrich Witteler, the principal cellist of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, recorded Shelomo for GENUIN with "his" orchestra under the direction of Jakub Hrůša. The outstanding cellist and the world-class orchestra under its principal conductor play this impressive testimony to Jewish intellectual life, cast in a musical language from around 1915 that, with moving intensity, combined elements of Jewish sacred music with the latest stylistic elements!
Das Album hat den Supersonic Award von Pizzicato erhalten.
"Witteler plays with a great arc and an intensity that immediately make his interpretation among the best of this piece. Jakub Hrusa is also very much involved in the powerful effect." Review by Remy Franck from August 18, 2023
Nicolas Tribes talks to Ulrich Witteler about the new album "Schelomo – Rhapsodie hébraique" in his programme TonArt on September 6, 2023.