The Arthur Bliss Society
The website of the Bliss Archive includes a complete list of recordings. Here we concentrate on highlighting new discs when they appear. _______________________________________________
‘British Tone Poems Vol 1’ is an interesting new disc which includes Mêlée Fantasque BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Rumon Gamba Chandos (CHAN 10981) ___________________________________________________ A new disc called ‘The Music of Bliss & Howells’ includes Fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London, Kenilworth Suite for Brass, Ceremony of the Red Bishops from ‘Four dances from Checkmate’ and The Belmont Variations Brighouse & Rastrick Band conducted by David Thornton Worldofbrass (DOY CD 389)  ___________________________________________________ A disc called ‘Fanfares’ includes twelve Bliss fanfares plus the National Anthem with Bliss’s fanfare Onyx Brass (with guest players) conducted by John Wilson Chandos (CHSA 5221)  ___________________________________________________ February 2018 Release THE BEATITUDES, Introduction and Allegro, God Save the Queen, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Sir Andrew Davis Emily Birsan (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor) Chandos (CHSA 5191)  ___________________________________________________ Bliss’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Lorraine McAslan (violin) BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates Dutton Vocalion (CDLX7342)  ___________________________________________________ ‘A Tribute to Sir Arthur Bliss’ includes Introduction and Allegro, the March from Things to Come and the Bliss arrangement of God Save the Queen CRQ Editions (CRQ CD283) (scroll down to Page 36 of 38) ___________________________________________________ British Violin Sonatas Vol 2 Tasmin Little plays Bliss’s Violin Sonata Chandos (CHAN 10899) ___________________________________________________ A new disc called ‘American Winds’ includes Bliss’s fanfare Salute to Lehigh University (1968) The Wind Ensemble at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania USA (director David B Diggs) Band Boy [2016] (BB39) ___________________________________________________ Live Broadcast 1956 - Bliss conducts Music for a Lighter Mood BBC Concert Orchestra : Alfredo Campoli (violin) and Bliss in Conversation with Ronald Fletcher also Tippett Symphony No 2, world première 1958 Pristine Classical (PASC 460) ___________________________________________________ MORNING HEROES, Samuel West, BBC Symphony Chorus BBC Symphony Orchestra Sir Andrew Davis Chandos (CHAN 5159) Presto Classical review 5* review in BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2015 issue page 94  (NB the CD picture above review is incorrect) ___________________________________________________ The Crown Imperial Marches for 20th Century British Coronations includes Welcome the Queen (arr. W. J. Dutholt) London Symphonic Concert Band Tom Higgins, Director Somm (SOMMCD 0138) ___________________________________________________ The Complete Piano Music of Arthur Bliss Volume One Mark Bebbington Somm (SOMMCD 0111) The Complete Piano Music of Arthur Bliss Volume Two Mark Bebbington Somm (SOMMCD 0148) Gramophone review ___________________________________________________
In 2012 the first volume of Mark Bebbington's 'The Complete Piano Music of Sir Arthur Bliss' was issued on the SOMM label. This is particularly pleasing as Mark is one of the Society's patrons.  Volume 2 was released in May 2015. . You can find David Smith's interview with Mark Bebbington about Bliss's piano music on Presto Classical. In April 2013 Tom Bell's 'Masters of the Monarchs' Music' CD showcasing on Durham Cathedral organ works by three twentieth-century Masters of the King's/Queen's Music - Elgar, Bliss and Williamson. Bliss is represented by transcriptions of orchestral works. This came out on the REGENT label. In May 2013 DUTTON released a 2-CD set entitled 'Arthur Bliss conducts Bliss'. Remembering the great performance of The Beatitudes in Coventry Cathedral in 2012 it is interesting to hear on this CD its original performance in Coventry Theatre in 1962. Among other works included are A Colour Symphony and Pastoral.
Please let us know of any forthcoming recordings you hear about.
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