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BLISS: Colour Symphony (A) / Adam Zero

Composer(s):Bliss, Arthur
Artist(s) Lloyd-Jones, David, Conductor • English Northern Philharmonia
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.553460
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99



Review By Classic CD,September 1996

"Like Bliss in his own recently reissued 1956 recording...David Lloyd-Jones readily embraces the ambitious vigour and implied scale of the music. Both recording and sleeve notes are clean, clear and well-judged. Alert confident performances provide useful introduction and excellent value."

Review By Journal Into Melody,December 1996

"...this is the premiere recording of Adam Zero which makes this bargain price CD all the more essential for any Bliss collector. In recent weeks this CD has received widespread praise from the musical press, including the accolade of being made Gramophone Recording of the Month in October. The team at Naxos richly deserve all the praise for this outstanding release."

Review By Journal Into Melody,October 1996

"...anyone who does not yet possess either work is strongly recommended to consider "risking a fiver"!"

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Full of striking ideas and effects to illustrate four heraldic colours, the Colour Symphony here receives a refined and idiomatic reading, marked by superb wind-playing. More valuable still is the first complete recording of the ballet, Adam Zero, in which the process of creating a ballet is presented as an allegory for the ongoing life-cycle. Lloyd-Jones directs a dramatically paced performance, amply confirming this as one of Bliss’s most inventive, strongly co-ordinated scores, shamefully neglected. Full, well-balanced sound.


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