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.