Sir Arthur Bliss – The Decca Originals
Arthur Bliss; Griller Quartet; Alfredo Campoli
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4840215
Barcode
00028948402151
Format
2-CD
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SIR ARTHUR BLISS (1891–1975)

 CD 1                                                                                                                     

1 Welcome the Queen, F.95
2–7 Things to Come, F.131*
8–11 A Colour Symphony, F.106
12 Introduction and Allegro, F.117                                                                          

London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Arthur Bliss

13 Baraza (from ‘Men of Two Worlds’, F.121)                                                       

Eileen Joyce, piano
Men’s Chorus
National Symphony Orchestra
Muir Mathieson

 

CD 2                                                                                                                                        

1–3 Violin Concerto, F.111°
4 Theme and cadenza for Violin and Orchestra, F.120                                           

Alfredo Campoli, violin
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Arthur Bliss

5–8 String Quartet No. 2 in F minor, F.26*

Griller Quartet

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA
°FIRST CD RELEASE OF ORIGINAL VERSION ON DECCA

Track previews
Violin Concerto, F. 111: III. Introduzione. Allegro deciso in modo zingara
A Colour Symphony, F. 106: Blue. Gentle Flowing
Things to Come: 2. Attack
Things to Come: 1. Ballet
Welcome the Queen
Violin Concerto, F. 111: II. Scherzo. Vivo
Violin Concerto, F. 111: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Baraza
Introduction and Allegro, F. 106
A Colour Symphony, F. 106: Green. Moderato
A Colour Symphony, F. 106: Red. Allegro Vivace
Theme and Cadenza
A Colour Symphony, F. 106: Purple. Andante maestoso
Things to Come: 6. March
Things to Come: 5. Machines
Things to Come: 4. Reconstruction
String Quartet No. 2 in F Minor: IV. Larghetto - Allegro
String Quartet No. 2 in F Minor: III. Vivo e con brio
String Quartet No. 2 in F Minor: II. Sostenuto
String Quartet No. 2 in F Minor: I. Allegro con spirito
Things to Come: 3. Pestilence
Recording information

Recording Producers: Victor Olof (Baraza); Christopher Whelan (Welcome the Queen, Things to Come); John Culshaw (Violin Concerto); unidentified (A Colour Symphony; Introduction and Allegro, String Quartet No. 2)
Recording Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson (Baraza, Violin Concerto); Kenneth Wilkinson, Ken Cress (Welcome the Queen, Things to Come); unidentified (A Colour Symphony; Introduction and Allegro, String Quartet No. 2)
Recording Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson (Baraza, Violin Concerto); Kenneth Wilkinson, Ken Cress (Welcome the Queen, Things to Come); unidentified (A Colour Symphony; Introduction and Allegro, String Quartet No. 2)
Recording Locations: Kingsway Hall, London, UK, 5 February 1946 (Baraza), 9–11 November 1955 (Violin Concerto), 23–24 November 1955 (A Colour Symphony, Introduction and Allegro), 30 April 1957 (Things to
Come); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, UK, 21 May 1957 (Welcome the Queen); Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, UK, 29 September – 25 October 1950 (String Quartet No. 2)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Original Decca Releases: K1174 (Baraza, April 1946); SDD 255 (Welcome the Queen; Things to Come, November 1970, originally released on RCA: SB2026, March 1959); LXT 5170 (A Colour Symphony; Introduction and Allegro, June 1956); ACL 317 (Violin Concerto – original version, May 1969); LXT 5166 (Theme and Cadenza, April 1956); LX 3038 (String Quartet No. 2, March 1951)

Reviews

‘His music adds to any royal scene and makes us lift our hearts the higher… Excellent stuff, and given us in rich and excellent recording.’ Gramophone, July 1954 (Welcome the Queen)

‘[The Second Quartet] is superbly written and successfully achieves its intention. The music suits the character of the Grillers’ playing … The recording is rather light on bass, but it accommodates successfully the fierce sforzandi in which the work abounds.’ The Record Guide, 1955

‘Campoli … copes with the very difficult solo part as if it were child’s play.’ Humphrey Searle, The Gramophone Record Review, June 1956 (Violin Concerto)

‘Heard today, in this full-blooded performance under the composer, one is conscious of his disciplined exuberance at 30 years old.’ Gramophone, August 1956 (Colour Symphony)