Poème Mystique with Nurit Stark, Cédric Pescia
Nurit Stark and Cédric are regular visitors to Bantry. Programming both of them involves intense discussions and plans, sometimes starting years in advance. Their performances are always a revelation. In his Second Sonata, Bloch sets out to write music that is both ecstatic and spiritual. It is a single-movement fantasy-like work, its four sections played without a break. It places extreme technical demands on the performers, calling for lyrical and soaring lines in high registers unfolding in a great, unbroken arc of melodic inspiration.