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Bliss: Orchestral Works / Cohen, Wordsworth, Royal PO


Release Date: 04/03/2000 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 443170   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer:  Robert Cohen
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wordsworth's 1993 recordings have good sound and secure well played performances. Robert Cohen is an able soloist in the splendidly lively Cello Concerto, a work which still lacks the recognition it deserves. What a pity it is that this music is so overshadowed by the Elgar Concerto, masterpiece though that work is. The Introduction and Allegro, featured twice in this compilation, is a good example of Bliss's mastery of texture and line, extended across a powerful line of development. Both Wordsworth and the composer himself have plenty to offer, though the latter inevitably has special things to say about the music. On the other hand, the more recent 1993 sound allows for many details of orchestration to be heard to advantage.
Read more /> The finest music to be found here is surely the Meditations on a theme of John Blow, which was composed in the mid-1950s as a set of variations on the Psalm 'The Lord in My Shepherd, and Blow's noble theme from the 17th century, which is only revealed in its true glory at the close. Wordsworth presents the music with due care and attention to detail, but his performance is less inspiring than Handley's on EMI (alas now deleted). Nevertheless, for those who want to explore the music of this neglected British master, this piece is one of the most rewarding of all his creations - one of the great works of 20th century British music.

-- Terry Barfoot, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello, F 107 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Performer:  Robert Cohen (Cello)
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 
2.
Meditations on a Theme by John Blow, F 118 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
3.
Introduction and Allegro, F 117 by Sir Arthur Bliss
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926/1937; England 

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