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Bliss: A Colour Symphony/The Enchantress/Cello Concerto Original recording remastered

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Arthur Bliss (1891-1975) A Colour Symphony (1921-22, revised 1932)* 31:00 1 I Purple: Andante maestoso 6:09 2 II Red: Allegro vivace 7:03 3 III Blue: Gently flowing 9:45 4 IV Green: Moderato 7:55 The Enchantress (1951)† 17:57 Scena 5 Bring me the laurel leaves - 3:25 6 Oh moon, shine fair - 5:35 7 Silent the sea - 5:43 8 And now in the fire I fling you 3:15 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1970)‡ 26:28 9 I Allegro deciso 12:05 10 II Larghetto - 7:45 11 III Allegro 6:35 75:44 Linda Finnie mezzo-soprano† Raphael Wallfisch cello‡ Ulster Orchestra Vernon Handley Recorded in: Ulster Hall, Belfast 25-27 March 1986 (A Colour Symphony); 5-6 November 1989 (other works) Producer(s) Brian Couzens Sound Engineer(s) Ralph Couzens Philip Couzens (Assistant: A Colour Symphony) Richard Lee (other works) Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz Originally recorded in: 24 Bit Remaster


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  3. A Colour Symphony: III. Blue: Gently flowingUlster Orchestra 9:46Album Only
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  9. Cello Concerto: I. Allegro decisoRaphael Wallfisch12:08Album Only
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  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch, Linda Finnie
  • Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vernon Handley
  • Composer: Arthur Bliss
  • Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Chandos Classics
  • ASIN: B0002NRRFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Transfigured Knight on October 3, 2009
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Sir Arthur Bliss was a great composer. He's remembered in England for serving as music director of the BBC during WII and also becoming Master of the Queen's Music. Both were very big honors for Bliss, but during his lifetime his music never attained the kind of success that Britten or Vaughan Williams received. Bliss also studied with Charles Stanford at the Royal College of Music.

"A Colour Symphony," which in my opinion, receives it's best performance to date with Vernon Handley and Ulster Orchestra, is an outstanding piece of music. I've heard all of them: Hickox (Chandos), Wordsworth (Nimbus), Lloyd-Jones (Naxos), and Groves (EMI) and none of them touch Handley's performance and I doubt it ever will.

The other performances on this recording are "The Enchantress," which is a vocal piece and I'm not too crazy about it. The "Cello Concerto" gets a great performance with Rafael Wallfisch on cello. What I don't understand is why didn't Chandos pair the symphony with Bliss' "Checkmate Suite" like the original recording was released with? Anyway these are small gripes. The audio quality (remastered in 24-bit) is fantastic. The performances from the Ulster Orchestra (Ireland) are also top-notch.

Fans of obscure British composers will want to pick this release up as soon as possible. 4 1/2 stars
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