Not the most obvious pair of influences, but Ernest Bloch's dual inspirations in writing his Violin Concerto were (1) Indian songs he heard on a visit to New Mexico and (2) "the complex, glowing, agitated soul" he felt "vibrating through the Bible." The Swiss composer's Indian-biblical concerto concludes today's show.
- Mozart: String Quintet in C major, K. 515. Takacs Quartet, Koromzay. Hungaraton 12656.
- Hartmann, J.P.E.: Correggio. Danish National Sym, Dausgaard. DaCapo 8.226061.
- Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie. James Campbell, Philharmonia Orch, Simon. Cala 1025.
- Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor. Nikolaj Znaider, Israel Phil Orch, Mehta. RCA 69216.
- Handel: Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 2/2. London Baroque. Harmonia Mundi 901379.
- Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds. Ralf Gothoni, Wind Quintet of the Danish National Sym. Naxos 8.557356.
- Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Simon Preston. DG 427 668.
- Bloch: Violin Concerto (1938). Zina Schiff, Royal Scottish National Orch, Serebrier. Naxos 8.557757.