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Sir Arthur Bliss – A Brief Discography

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A Colour Symphony

A Colour Symphony; Checkmate –ballet suite

Ulster Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley

Chandos CHAN 8503


Music for Strings

Music for Strings; Pastoral ‘Lie strewn the white flocks’

Della Jones, mezzo-soprano; The Sinfonia Chorus; The Northern Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Richard Hickox

Chandos CHAN 8886


Bliss Choral Works

Shield of Faith; Mar Portugues; Birthday Song for a Royal Child; River Music;

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.

The Finzi Singers; Andrew Lumsden, organ; conducted by Paul Spicer

Chandos CHAN 8980


Sonata for Viola & Piano/Piano Works

Sonata for Viola and Piano; Masks; Triptych; Two Interludes;


Emanuel Vardi, viola; Kathron Sturrock, piano.

Chandos CHAN 8770


English Clarinet Music

Hurlstone Four Characteristic Pieces; Bliss, Pastoral, Richard Stoker, Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano; Ferguson, Four Short Pieces for Clarinet and Piano; Dunhill Phantasy Suite for Clarinet and Piano; Stanford, sonata for Clarinet and Piano; Arnold, Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano

Einar Johannesson, clarinet; Philip Jenkins, Piano

Chandos CHAN9079


Cello Concerto etc.

Cello Concerto; The Enchantress; Hymn to Apollo

Rafael Wallfisch, cello; Linda Finnie, mezzo-soprano; Ulster Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley.

Chandos CHAN 8818


Bliss Piano Works

Suite for Piano; Das alte Jahr vergangen ist; Triptych; Sonata for Pianoforte; ‘Bliss’ – a one step; The Rout Trot; Study; Miniature Scherzo.

Philip Fowke, piano

Chandos CHAN 8979


The Film Music of Sir Arthur Bliss

Welcome to the Queen; Things to Come – Concert Music from the Film; The Royal Palaces Suite;

Caesar & Cleopatra – suite of incidental music from the film; Theme from ‘War in the Air’.

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rumon Gamba

Chandos CHAN 9896


Piano Quartet

Piano Quartet in A minor; ‘Bliss’ – one step for piano; The Rout Trot; Four Songs;

Triptych for piano; Angels of the Mind or soprano and piano.

Chamber Domaine: Thomas Kemp, violin; Jon Morton, viola; Reynard Rott, cello; Stephen De Plege, piano;

Helen Meyerhoff, soprano.



Cello Concerto

Introduction and Allegro; Cello Concerto; Meditation on a Theme of John Blow

Robert Cohen, cello; Royal Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth

Argo 443 170-2


Concerto for Violin & Orchestra

Violin Concerto; The Lady of Shalott – Ballet (first recording)

Alfredo Campoli, violin; BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Arthur Bliss

BBC Classics 15656 91842


Metamorphic Variations

Metamorphic Variations for Orchestra; Meditation on a Theme of John Blow

BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley (Variations);

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Groves (Meditation)

BBC Classics 15656 91682



Bliss: Film music

Christopher Columbus suite; Seven Waves Away (Three Orchestral Pieces 1956) Baraza; Men of Two Worlds (4 excerpts)

Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adriano

Marco Polo 8.223315


Cello Concerto

Cello Concerto; Music for Strings: Two Studies

Tim Hugh, cello; English Northern Philharmonia conducted by David Lloyd-Jones

NAXOS 8.553383


A Colour Symphony

A Colour Symphony; Adam Zero

English Northern Philharmonia conducted by David Lloyd Jones

NAXOS 8.553460


Miracle in the Gorbals

Discourse for Orchestra (1965 version) Miracle in the Gorbals (first recording of the complete score) Music from Things to Come.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christopher Lyndon-Gee

Naxos 8.553698


Chamber Music Volume 1

String Quartet No.2 in Bb major; Conversations for Flute, Violin Viola and Cello; String Quartet in A major (c.1915)

Maggini Quartet

Naxos 8.557108


Piano Concerto

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in Bb

Trevor Barnard, piano; The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent (1962 recording)

The Divine Art 2-4106



Investiture Antiphonal Fanfare; Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi; Morning Heroes

Brian Blessed, orator; East London Chorus, Harlow Chorus, The Hertfordshire Chorus;

The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Kibblewhite

Gala CACD 1010



The British Music Collection -Arthur Bliss

Introduction and Allegro; Concerto for Cello and Orchestra; Meditation on a Theme by John Blow; Antiphonal Fanfare for Three Brass Choirs; Flourish for Two Brass Orchestras; Fanfare for the Lord Mayor of London; Things to Come Suite; Welcome to the Queen; Theme and Cadenza for Violin (Campoli and Bliss); Introduction and Allegro (Bliss)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by BarryWordsworth; Robert Cohen, Cello; Phil Jones Brass Ensemble conducted by Elgar Howarth; National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bernard Herrmann; London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Arthur Bliss; Alfredo Campoli, Violin.

Decca 470 186 –2


Three English Ballets

Bliss: Checkmate; Lambert: Horoscope and Walton Façade Suite No.1 and No.2

English Northern Philharmonia conducted by David Lloyd-Jones

Hyperion CDA66436


Bliss Songs etc

Seven American Poems; Two Nursery Rhymes; A Knot of Riddles; Three Romantic Songs; Four Songs; Two American Poems; Three Songs; Two Love Songs; The Tramps; When I was one and twenty; Elegiac Sonnet; Angels of the Mind; The Ballads of the Four Seasons; The fallow dear at the lonely house; Rich and poor; A child's prayer; Three Jolly Gentlemen; The Hammers; Simples; 'Tis time I think by Wenlock town; At the window; Auvergnat.

Geraldine McGreevy, soprano; Toby Spence, tenor; Henry Herford, baritone; Michael Collins, clarinet; Leo Phillips, violin; John Lenehan and Kathron Sturrock, piano

Nash Ensemble conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

Hyperion CDA 67188/9


Three English Choral works

Bliss: Pastoral, 'lie strewn the white flocks.' Britten Choral Dances from Gloriana Holst Rig Veda - group 3 H99 Op.26/3

Shirley Minty: mezzo soprano; Martyn Hill: tenor Judith Pearce, flute Thelma Owen, harp Holst Orchestra; Holst Singers conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton

Hyperion CDA66175


Arthur Bliss Works

Conversation; Quintet for Oboe and Strings; Madame Noy; Rhapsody; Rout; Women of Yu’eh

Elizabeth Gale, soprano; Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor Nash Ensemble conducted by Lionel Friend

Hyperion CDA66137

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