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Arthur Bliss: Clarinet Quintet; String Quartet No. 2 [CD]

Arthur Bliss , Maggini Quartet Audio CD
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  • Composer: Arthur Bliss
  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000675OG2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. String Quartet No. 2: I. Allegro con spiritoMaggini Quartet 9:58Album Only
Listen  2. String Quartet No. 2: II. SostenutoMaggini Quartet 5:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. String Quartet No. 2: III. Vivo e con brioMaggini Quartet 5:40£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. String Quartet No. 2: IV. Larghetto - AllegroMaggini Quartet10:22Album Only
Listen  5. Clarinet Quintet: I. ModeratoDavid Campbell 5:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Clarinet Quintet: II. Allegro moltoDavid Campbell 7:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Clarinet Quintet: III. Adagietto espressivoDavid Campbell 8:09Album Only
Listen  8. Clarinet Quintet: IV. Allegro energicoDavid Campbell 6:14£0.69  Buy MP3 

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Pleasure 15 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
There are two good reasons for buying this disc - one the music, two the performance.

The Clarinet Quintet is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of Bliss's compositional talents - and you won"t get a better performance of it than on this disc.

I have listened through several times and there has been no disappointment with the repeated listening.

The String Quartet was new to me and a great revalation.

Forget any lighter pieces you may know- this is top class music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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Fantastic this one! Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Approachable 8 July 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on
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This Naxos release of two fine compositions by English composer Arthur Bliss (1891-1975) is a real delight; I would recommend it highly to anyone who has even the least hint of affinity for chamber music. Both pieces are quite approachable, with plenty of pleasures for the ear, so you need not be daunted by the dates of composition. If you enjoy the music of Vaughan Williams, for example, you should find these pieces quite to your liking. And at the Naxos budget price, you can't go wrong giving this disc a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two fine works in excellent performances 31 Aug 2009
By G.D. - Published on
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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 second string quartet is a deeply probing work of huge emotional contrasts, from its powerful opening followed by mellower, but ambiguous, material to the anguished music of the finale, scaling emotional heights and plunging into abysses; it's overall one of Bliss's more impressive chamber utterances if not quite on the level of the viola sonata. The quintet for clarinet and strings is similarly an emotionally charged work, including a beautiful, elegiac middle movement and a more optimistic (more consolatory than upbeat, perhaps) finale. Again, a fine work, if not quite on the level of the string quartet. The Magginis deliver world-class playing of both work; technically impeccable but more importantly with marvelous interplay and understanding of the music. Clarinetist David Campbell plays with spirit and power when needed, but always with a mellow sound which is perfectly matched with the strings. Sound quality is also superb, and this is overall a superb disc, recommended to anyone following the series and probably everyone else as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Naxos find 12 Mar 2007
By Kevin Orth - Published on
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It would be absurd to say that Artur Bliss was one of the great composers of his time, but this disc, boasting Naxos' fine sonics and superb playing by the Maggini Quartet and David Campbell, is highly recommended for lovers of English music in general and clarinet in particular.
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