The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s series on AVIE marks its eighth release with this new recording of works derived from the Jewish tradition. The young principal cello of the orchestra, Jonathan Aasgaard gives fine performances of two seminal works from this genre – Bloch’s Hebraic Rhapsody Schelomo and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei. David Diamond’s Kaddish has been eagerly taken up by many cellists including Janos Starker. The CD is completed by two premiere recordings: Gerard Schwarz’ In Memoriam and Jonathan Aasgaard’s own arrangement for cello and strings of Bloch’s Prayer from the suite From Jewish Life.
“Jonathan Aasgaard is principal cellist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and focuses the inwardly musing aspect of Schelomo's narrative virtually to perfection. …an enthusiastic recommendation.” Gramophone