The Arthur Bliss Society
Recordings
Please let us know of any forthcoming recordings you hear about.
In the pipeline: The Lady of Shalott and other Bliss works  BBC Concert Orchestra, Conductor: Martin Yates   (Dutton Epoch, Release date TBA)  ___________________________________________________ 3 September 2021: ‘British Oboe Quintets’ Oboe Quintet  Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Doric String Quartet (Chandos Records) ___________________________________________________ 3 September 2021: ‘Cyril Smith Solo Recordings’ Suite for Piano (Polonaise)  Cyril Smith (piano) (APR) ___________________________________________________ 16 July 2021: ‘Bax and Bliss: Quintets for Oboe and String Quartet’ Oboe Quintet F21 Bert Lucarelli (oboe), Manhattan String Quartet   (Musical Heritage Society) ___________________________________________________ 16 July 2021: ‘Music for a Prince, Music by a Prince’ Theme from Processional Interludes (3 arrangements)  Theodore Bucholz (cello), Paula Fan (piano), Edward Reid (trumpet)   (Toccata Classics) ___________________________________________________ April 2021: ‘Pure Bliss - Chamber music by Arthur Bliss’ Oboe Quintet, Conversations, Clarinet Quintet Juliette Bausor (flute), Daniel Bates (oboe) Katherine Spencer (clarinet), Beatrice Philips (violin) Laura Lutzke (violin), Adam Newman (viola), Hannah Sloane (cello) (Stone Records: 5060192781045)  ___________________________________________________ January 2021: ‘English Music for Strings’ Music for Strings Sinfonia of London, Conductor: John Wilson (Chandos)  ___________________________________________________ January 2021: ‘Tame Cat and Other Songs by British Composers’ Two Nursery Rhymes for Soprano & Clarinet Sylvia Eaves (soprano), Courtney Kenny (piano),  Thea King (clarinet) (Cameo Classics)  ___________________________________________________ November 2020: ‘Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Orchestral Favourites’ Things to Come Suite: March Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Robin Stapleton (Brilliant Classics)  ___________________________________________________ July 2020 (Re-issue): ‘Solomon - Concertos, Sonatas & Pieces’ Piano Concerto in B flat major, Op 58 Solomon (piano) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult (Profil Medien)  ___________________________________________________ July 2020: ‘The Romantic Concerto 81 - Rubbra & Bliss’ Piano Concerto in B flat major Piers Lane (piano) The Orchestra Now, Conductor: Leon Botstein (Hyperion)  ___________________________________________________ June 2020 (Re-issue): ‘Sir Arthur Bliss: the Decca Originals’ Welcome the Queen, Things to Come Suite, A Colour Symphony, Introduction and Allegro London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Arthur Bliss Baraza from Men of Two Worlds Eileen Joyce (piano) National  Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Muir Mathieson Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Theme and Cadenza for Violin Alfredo Campoli (violin) London Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Sir Arthur Bliss String Quartet No.2 in F minor Griller Quartet (Eloquence)  ___________________________________________________ November 2019: ‘Bliss: MARY OF MAGDALA, THE ENCHANTRESS, Meditations on a Theme by John Blow BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis Dame Sarah Conolly (mezzo), James Platt (bass) (Chandos)  ___________________________________________________ September 2019: ‘British String Quartets’ Clarinet Quintet Conversations for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Viola and Cello String Quartet No. 1 in B flat major String Quartet No. 2 in F minor, String Quartet in A major Maggini Quartet (with guest players) (Naxos) ___________________________________________________ August 2019: ‘British Tone Poems Vol 1’ Mêlée Fantasque BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Rumon Gamba (Chandos) ___________________________________________________ July 2019: ‘Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge’’ Elegiac Sonnet James Gilchrist (tenor) Anna Tlbrook (piano) (Linn) ___________________________________________________ June 2019: ‘Notes from Home: Music of the British Isles’ Pastoral for Clarinet and Piano Jonathan Holden (clarinet) Eun-Hee Park (piano) (Centaur) ___________________________________________________ March 2019: ‘The Music of Royal Weddings’ Wedding Fanfare and Royal Fanfare London Brass, Conductor: Martin Neary (Menuetto Classics) ___________________________________________________ March 2019 (Re-issue): ‘Milestones of a Legend: Alfredo Campoli Vol 8’ Violin Concerto F 111 Alfredo Campoli (violin) London Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult (Documents) ___________________________________________________ January 2019: ‘The Music of Bliss & Howells’ 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, Conductor: David Thornton (Worldofbrass) ___________________________________________________ September 2018: ‘My Playlist for Drawing & Painting’ A Colour Symphony: Purple English Northern Philharmonia, Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones (Naxos)  ___________________________________________________ May 2018: ‘The Passion of Bliss, Bowen & Bridge’ Viola Sonata Op 91 Doris Lederer (viola), Bruce Murray (piano) (Centaur)  ___________________________________________________ March 2018: ‘Fanfares’ includes twelve Bliss fanfares plus the National Anthem with Bliss’s fanfare Onyx Brass (with guest players) conducted by John Wilson (Chandos)  ___________________________________________________ February 2018: THE BEATITUDES, Introduction and Allegro, God Save the Queen, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis Emily Birsan (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor) (Chandos)  ___________________________________________________ May 2017: ‘Walton & Bliss  - Violin Concertos’ Bliss’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Lorraine McAslan (violin) BBC Concert Orchestra, Conductor: Martin Yates (Dutton Vocalion)  ___________________________________________________ May 2016: British Violin Sonatas Vol 2 Bliss’s Violin Sonata Tasmin Little (violin), Piers Lane (piano) (Chandos) ___________________________________________________ September 2015: Bliss: MORNING HEROES and Hymn to Apollo Samuel West, BBC Symphony Chorus BBC Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis (Chandos) Presto Classical review 5* review in BBC Music Magazine Christmas 2015 issue page 94  ___________________________________________________ May 2013 (Re-issue): ‘Arthur Bliss conducts Bliss’ The Beatitudes BBC Symphony Orchestra, Festival Choir, Conductor: Sir Arthur Bliss Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano), Richard Lewis (tenor) A Colour Symphony, Introduction and Allegro, Things to Come Suite London Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Sir Arthur Bliss Pastoral, Lie Strewn the White Flocks Nancy Evans (mezzo), Gareth Morris (flute)  Jaques String Orchestra, BBC Chorus, Conductor: Reginald Jaques March - The Phoenix (in honour of France) Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor: Constant Lambert (Dutton)  ___________________________________________________ April 2012: ‘The Complete Piano Music of Arthur Bliss - Volume One’ Mark Bebbington (piano) (Somm) May 2015: ‘The Complete Piano Music of Arthur Bliss - Volume Two’ Mark Bebbington (piano) (Somm) Gramophone review See Presto Classical for David Smith's interview with Mark Bebbington __________________________________________________ August 2005: Bliss: Checkmate and Mêlée Fantasque Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones (Naxos)  ___________________________________________________ March 2001: ‘The Film Music of Sir Arthur Bliss’ Welcome the Queen, Things to Come (arr. P. Lane), The Royal Palaces Suite, War in the Air Caesar and Cleopatra Suite (arr G. Easterbrook) BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor: Rumon Gamba (Chandos) ___________________________________________________
The website of the Bliss Archive includes a complete list of recordings. Here we concentrate on highlighting new discs when they appear, together with significant ones from the past. _______________________________________________
Not a recent recording but... the August 2021 issue of Gramophone (pp 92/3) carries an excellent discussion under ‘Classics Reconsidered’ of the 1974 recording of Music for Strings  coupled with the Howells Concerto for Strings (LPO/Boult)
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