Bliss: A Colour Symphony

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Bliss: A Colour Symphony



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A Colour Symphony

Adam Zero



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Arthur Bliss: A Colour Symphony

Purple: Andante maestoso

Red: Allegro vivace

Blue: Gently Flowing

Green: Moderato

Arthur Bliss: Adam Zero

Fanfare Overture

The Stage

Birth of Adam

Adam's Fates

Dance of Spring

Love Dance (Awakening of Love)

Bridal Ceremony

Adam Achieves Power

Re-entry of Adam's Fates

Dance of Summer

Approach of Autumn

Night Club Scene

Destruction of Adam's World

Approach of Winter

Dance with Death

Finale: The Stage is Set Again

Fanfare Coda

Classic CD

“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.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“David Lloyd-Jones's exciting and idiomatic account of A Colour Symphony proves more than a match for all current competition, including the composer's own 1955 recording so spectacularly transferred by Dutton Laboratories.
Speeds are judged to perfection – nicely flowing for the first and third movements, not too hectic for the flashing Scherzo – and countless details in Bliss's stunning orchestral canvas are deftly attended to. Phrasing is sensitive and affectionate, solo work is consistently excellent (the slow movement's delicate woodwind arabesques are exquisitely voiced), and tuttis open out superbly in a technically fine recording from Naxos (magnificently keen-voiced horns throughout).
Whereas A Colour Symphony was inspired by the heraldic associations of four different colours (one for each movement), the theme of Adam Zero is the inexorable life-cycle of humankind. In its entirety, this 1946 ballet score does admittedly have its occasional longueurs, but for the most part Bliss's invention is of high quality. Certainly, the vivid exuberance and theatrical swagger of numbers like 'Dance of Spring' and 'Dance of Summer' have strong appeal. Equally, the limpid beauty of both the 'Love Dance' and the hieratic 'Bridal Ceremony' which immediately ensues isn't easily banished, while the darkly insistent 'Dance with Death' distils a gentle poignancy which is most haunting.”

Gramophone Magazine

“David Lloyd-Jones's exciting and idiomatic account of A Colour Symphony with the English Northern Philharmonia proves easily more than a match for all current competition... Terrific value for money, then, and a generous pairing which should hopefully win many new friends for this fine composer.”

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