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Arthur Bliss: Chamber Music, Vol. 2 [CD]

Maggini Qt , Arthur Bliss , Peter Donohoe Audio CD
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  • Composer: Arthur Bliss
  • Audio CD (5 May 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ2S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Quartet in A minor: Poco adagio e espressivoPeter Donohoe 8:42Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Quartet in A minor: Intermezzo: Tempo di MazurkaPeter Donohoe 1:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Quartet in A minor: Allegro furiosoPeter Donohoe 5:100.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Viola Sonata: ModeratoMartin Outram 7:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Viola Sonata: AndanteMartin Outram 8:55Album Only
Listen  6. Viola Sonata: FuriantMartin Outram 4:330.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Viola Sonata: CodaMartin Outram 4:000.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Oboe Quintet: Assai sostenuto - Allegro assai agitatoNicholas Daniel 8:05Album Only
Listen  9. Oboe Quintet: Andante con motoNicholas Daniel 8:14Album Only
Listen10. Oboe Quintet: VivaceNicholas Daniel 5:430.69  Buy MP3 

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CD Composer: Bliss,Arthur

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5.0 out of 5 stars peace 21 Aug 2013
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this is music that brings peace to troubled minds and brings beautiful thoughts to a mind full of failure and lost hope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly compelling music in magnificent performances 30 Aug 2009
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Arthur Bliss is best known for his orchestral works (among others the wonderful A Colour Symphony and the imaginative ballet Checkmate), but he composed music in all genres, and on the evidence of Naxos's series his chamber music isn't inferior to his orchestral works. And his music is certainly worth listening to; sophisticated and original but always inventive, well-crafted and superbly written for the instruments.

The piano quartet of 1915 is imaginative, generally tuneful and varied, with two passionate outer movements separated by a charming, brief Mazurka. Donohoe's playing is maybe a little to vigorous for this generally lyrical music, but in general he leads a solid and well-considered performance and he surely brings excitement to the music, excellently backed up by member of the always trustworthy Maggini quartet. The viola sonata, dating from 1933, is however the gem here; a deeply profound, turbulent utterance, more harmonically advanced than the piano quartet; to which Martin Outram responds by almost effortlessly navigating the substantial technical challenges to realize an utterly compelling performance. The ambitious and emotionally probing second movement is superbly brought off with panache, concentration and a assured approach to textures and form. This is, in fact, world-class playing, and Outram is excellently partnered by the superb Julian Rolton.

The oboe quartet from 1927 is far easier listening, focusing more on atmosphere. And it is indeed an imaginative, wonderfully evocative work, full of wistful, nostalgic, soaring melodies over imaginatively shifting harmonic bases, often strikingly beautiful but hinting at something more uneasy and profound. The performances are again outstanding, with not only magnificently played individual parts but an interplay and balance between the instruments which sounds exactly as good as it could be done. In short, this is a winner of a disc, even more compelling than the one containing the first string quartet. Sound quality is splendid as well, as is the documentation. Do hear this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done 18 Aug 2011
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Great opportunity to hear some very nice late Brittish music, sort of modernish is some areas but mostly tunefull and pleasant.
4.0 out of 5 stars another fine addition to the British chamber music catalogue 7 Jan 2011
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This appealing chamber music program opens with the Piano Quartet (1915), completed when Arthur Bliss was only twenty-four years old. It exhibits some of the "busy-ness" that runs throughout the composer's work, which is to say that there always seems to be alot going on. In this case, Bliss draws on folk material and blends it with some Brahms-like gestures. The end result is that the whole thing hangs together reasonably well with plenty of catchy tunes bouncing around. It's all quite enjoyable.

The Viola Sonata (1933) which follows has distinguished origins. It was inspired by the great violist Lionel Tertis, who first played it in the composer's home with Solomon at the keyboard and William Walton turning the pages of the music. The opening bars are dated sounding, with a swooping, melodramatic feel that seems old-fashioned. The music improves from there, again with evidence of the influence of Brahms especially in the second and third movements, but still with too much going on and not enough thematic continuity to sustain it.

The Viola Sonata is no match for the Oboe Quintet (1927) which closes this disc. This is a fine piece of music, expertly written with the great oboist Leon Goossens in mind and first performed by him at the Venice Festival. The oboe doesn't enter for nearly a minute and a half and when it does, a pleasing calm is established; and while this doesn't set the stage for the remainder of the work - after all, this is Bliss - there's a little less competition among the multiple themes. The third movement is exceptional, a brilliantly modern interplay between the strings and the typically elegiac oboe. Most enjoyable.

The performers need no recommendation and the sound is first rate. Warmly recommended.
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