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Bliss: Colour Symphony (A) / Violin Concerto

Lydia Mordkovitch

Bliss: Colour Symphony (A) / Violin Concerto

...striking and detailed
CHAN10380 (Chandos)
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1
A Colour Symphony - I. Purple: Andante maestoso

A Colour Symphony - I. Purple: Andante maestoso

Composer Arthur Bliss
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
06:53 Play $3.40
2
A Colour Symphony - II. Red: Allegro vivace

A Colour Symphony - II. Red: Allegro vivace

Composer Arthur Bliss
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
06:55 Play $3.40
3
A Colour Symphony - III. Blue: Gently flowing

A Colour Symphony - III. Blue: Gently flowing

Composer Arthur Bliss
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
09:34 Play $3.40
4
A Colour Symphony - IV. Green: Moderato

A Colour Symphony - IV. Green: Moderato

Composer Arthur Bliss
Conductor Richard Hickox
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
08:27 Play $3.40
5
Violin Concerto - I. Allegro ma non troppo

Violin Concerto - I. Allegro ma non troppo

Composer Arthur Bliss
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Lydia Mordkovitch
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
15:41 Play $6.85
6
Violin Concerto - II. Vivo

Violin Concerto - II. Vivo

Composer Arthur Bliss
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Lydia Mordkovitch
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
08:51 Play $3.40
7
Violin Concerto - III. Introduzione: Andante sostenuto - Allegro deciso in modo zingaro

Violin Concerto - III. Introduzione: Andante sostenuto - Allegro deciso in modo zingaro

Composer Arthur Bliss
Conductor Richard Hickox
Soloist Lydia Mordkovitch
Band BBC National Orchestra of Wales
17:12 Play $6.85
Total Running Time 74 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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In this new recording of Bliss's Violin Concerto, Lydia Mordkovitch, famous for her readings of British music, offers her own personal interpretation of the part made famous by Alfredo Campoli, for whom the work was commissioned.

This album is licensed for download from Chandos.

Download includes - cover art, booklet
BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Based in Cardiff, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales has performed throughout Wales, UK and internationally.
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Lydia Mordkovitch

Lydia Mordkovitch

Lydia Mordkovitch is one of the leading British violinists from the latter half of the 20th century.

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Richard Hickox

Richard Hickox

Richard Sidney Hickox was an English conductor of choral, orchestral and operatic music. He won a Grammy as well as a number of Gramophone awards for his work and was also named Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for his contribution to music.
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‘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.

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