‘Lydia Mordkovitch ...responds with unflagging conviction and her customary no-holds-barred passion receives alert, warm-hearted support... an attractive and valuable coupling.' Gramophone
‘I won't spoil any surprises here, suffice to say that Richard Hickox conducts a stunning performance of this still hugely underrated score, captured in resplendent, luxurious, yet detailed, sound by Brian and Ralph Couzens. Lydia Mordkovitch also makes a superb case for the Violin Concerto, reminding us that its true heritage life not with the English pastoral tradition, but with the Russian Prokofiev.' Classic FM Magazine
‘Bliss's A Colour Symphony needs a full Technicolour acoustic to do justice to its heraldic splendour. The Chandos sound certainly gives us that. Hickox, on superior form, adds his own bite with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales: it's a sterling interpretation of a key British work. The violin concerto from the 1950s presents the later, less combative Bliss. Lydia Mordkovitch offers a fiery almost gypsy, interpretation; very fetching, and not at all wrong. A rewarding release.' The Times
Mordkovitch wonderfully conveys the romance and beauty of this concerto, as well as the fiery nature of the gypsy theme prominent in the finale. This is the only available recording of the Violin Concerto, uniquely coupling with A Colour Symphony.
A Colour Symphony illustrates four heraldic colours by means of striking ideas and original orchestral effects. Hickox and the BBC NOW provide a refined and idiomatic reading, confirming this as one of Bliss's most inventive, striking scores, neglected in recent years.