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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #60 on: September 21, 2008, 01:52:04 PM »
So no-one has hear "Miracle in the Gorbals" then?  Hmm.  May have to upload something.

It's on the same CD as the Song of Welcome, mentioned above. I really like Miracle in the Gorbals.
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« Reply #61 on: September 21, 2008, 02:43:32 PM »
I agree - a fantastic piece, one of my favourites of the Bliss oevre.
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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #62 on: March 07, 2009, 07:19:21 AM »
I was interested to hear that Lady Bliss died last November - at the age of 104!
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« Reply #63 on: March 07, 2009, 07:45:19 AM »
I was interested to hear that Lady Bliss died last November - at the age of 104!

We didn't read about this news, over here.  :'( Good to know that she even survived other equally talented composers' widows like Ursula Vaughan Williams (died 2007 at the age of 96) and Mary Alwyn (Carwithen) (died 2003 at the age of 81).

And all of course more than worthy successors of `my little darling wife' Constanze.
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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #64 on: March 07, 2009, 09:44:33 AM »
We didn't read about this news, over here.  :'( Good to know that she even survived other equally talented composers' widows like Ursula Vaughan Williams (died 2007 at the age of 96) and Mary Alwyn (Carwithen) (died 2003 at the age of 81).

And all of course more than worthy successors of `my little darling wife' Constanze.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/3497984/Lady-Bliss.html
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« Reply #65 on: March 07, 2009, 04:36:41 PM »
I was interested to hear that Lady Bliss died last November - at the age of 104!

Lady Susana Walton is still alive though and looking after her wonderful garden on the island of Ischia.

You know....Lady Walton, widow of the great British composer.......... ;D

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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #66 on: March 08, 2009, 12:56:01 AM »
Lady Susana Walton is still alive though and looking after her wonderful garden on the island of Ischia.

You know....Lady Walton, widow of the great British composer.......... ;D

 ;D
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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #67 on: March 08, 2009, 10:58:01 AM »
Have been listening again to 'Metamorphic Variations' - what a great work - composed when Bliss was 81.
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« Reply #68 on: March 08, 2009, 11:12:53 AM »
You know....Lady Walton, widow of the great British composer.......... ;D

Walton, Walton .... the name doesn't sound familiar. What about Lady Britten?  ::)
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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #69 on: March 08, 2009, 02:51:55 PM »
Walton, Walton .... the name doesn't sound familiar. What about Lady Britten?  ::)

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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #70 on: July 07, 2009, 02:23:32 PM »
My latest Bliss acquisition:



I mostly got this for the Meditations, as I have Handley's latter recording of the Checkmate suite with the Ulster, and I have this same recording of Adam Zero on a more recent 2 disc EMI Bliss compilation, this release apparently only has excerpts of the suite.


I await the following:



for the Edinburgh Overture and the Miracles in the Gorbals suite.

Now watch EMI reissue this stuff next year in remastered sound....
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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #71 on: July 08, 2009, 04:26:00 AM »
My latest Bliss acquisition:



I mostly got this for the Meditations, as I have Handley's latter recording of the Checkmate suite with the Ulster, and I have this same recording of Adam Zero on a more recent 2 disc EMI Bliss compilation, this release apparently only has excerpts of the suite.


I await the following:



for the Edinburgh Overture and the Miracles in the Gorbals suite.

Now watch EMI reissue this stuff next year in remastered sound....

Those are two of the very best Bliss discs - although I was delighted to see the return of Hugo Rignold's Birmingham performance of 'Meditations on a Theme by John Blow' which is my favourite performance of this work (Lyrita).
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« Reply #72 on: February 09, 2010, 04:01:30 PM »
Just listened to Bliss' quintet for clarinet and strings.  An intersting work.  Well done interplay of the clarinet and string quartet, and interesting counterpoint within the string quartet and between the strings and clarinet.  Last week it was Bliss' music for strings, which has an absolutely fantastic first movement, with delicious dissonances.  I'm finding it frustrating that few recordings exist of Bliss' works.

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« Reply #73 on: February 09, 2010, 04:32:23 PM »
Just listened to Bliss' quintet for clarinet and strings.  An intersting work.  Well done interplay of the clarinet and string quartet, and interesting counterpoint within the string quartet and between the strings and clarinet.  Last week it was Bliss' music for strings, which has an absolutely fantastic first movement, with delicious dissonances.  I'm finding it frustrating that few recordings exist of Bliss' works.

I agree that it is an interesting work, but I never understand when people say that it is his greatest work... I like it, but don't love it. The Music for strings is certainly a stronger work to my ears. Maybe I'll have a listen today.
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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #74 on: February 15, 2010, 01:18:16 PM »
Most recently, Hymn to Apollo and Checkmate Suite.  Both superb, especially the Apollo thing.  I am becoming a Bliss fanatic, I'm afraid.  The Chandos recording of the Bliss Violin Concerto (with Colour Symphony) and a Lyrita recording with Meditations on a Theme by John Blow and Music for Strings are now on order.

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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #75 on: February 16, 2010, 12:26:07 AM »
The lovely Oboe Quintet is my favourite chamber work by Bliss (on Naxos). The Lyrita 'Meditations on a Theme by Blow' is a great performance of a work, unfairly described as 'amiable but rambling' in my CD guide.
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« Reply #76 on: February 16, 2010, 12:34:12 AM »
The lovely Oboe Quintet is my favourite chamber work by Bliss (on Naxos).

I found this one for a bit over $2 on Amazon Marketplace, the same piece I believe.



Too bad there's no production of Checkmate on video.

I think my next obsession will be Parry.

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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #77 on: February 16, 2010, 09:12:14 AM »
I found this one for a bit over $2 on Amazon Marketplace, the same piece I believe.



Too bad there's no production of Checkmate on video.

I think my next obsession will be Parry.

Yes, that looks like it.  Did you enjoy it?
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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #78 on: February 16, 2010, 09:13:27 AM »
Yes, that looks like it.  Did you enjoy it?

Hasn't arrived yet.

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Re: Sir Arthur Bliss
« Reply #79 on: February 17, 2010, 12:00:49 AM »
Hasn't arrived yet.

OK I'll let you off then  ;D
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