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Bliss: A Colour Symphony, Etc / Handley, Et Al


Release Date: 09/21/2004 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10221   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer:  Linda FinnieRaphael Wallfisch
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"On balance, this remains the finest performance of Arthur Bliss' rich and ripe A Colour Symphony, with its chivalric subtext and dynamic treatment of a large orchestra. It was recorded in what increasingly looks like Chandos' glory days, when there was so much wonderful English music to make available, and the excellence of so many of the lesser known U.K. and Irish orchestras was just becoming known. Technically these Ulster productions (remember that Bax Fourth?) were also special, and of course Vernon Handley has few peers in this music. . . ."

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
"On balance, this remains the finest performance of Arthur Bliss' rich and ripe A Colour Symphony, with its chivalric subtext and dynamic treatment of a large orchestra. It was recorded in what increasingly looks like Chandos' glory days, when there was so much wonderful English music to make available, and the excellence of so many of the lesser known U.K. and Irish orchestras was just becoming known. Technically these Ulster productions (remember that Bax Fourth?) were also special, and of course Vernon Handley has few peers in this music. . . ."

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
A Colour Symphony, F 106 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922/1932; England 
2.
The Enchantress, F 157 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer:  Linda Finnie (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; England 
Language: English 
3.
Concerto for Cello, F 107 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 

Featured Sound Samples

A Colour Symphony: II. Red
A Colour Symphony: III. Blue
The Enchantress: I. Bring Me the Laurel Leaves

Sound Samples

A Colour Symphony: I. Purple: Andante maestoso
A Colour Symphony: II. Red: Allegro vivace
A Colour Symphony: III. Blue: Gently flowing
A Colour Symphony: IV. Green: Moderato
The Enchantress: Bring me the laurel leaves -
The Enchantress: Oh moon, shine fair -
The Enchantress: Silent the sea -
The Enchantress: And now in the fire I fling you -
Cello Concerto: I. Allegro deciso
Cello Concerto: II. Larghetto -
Cello Concerto: III. Allegro

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