Bliss - Chamber Music Volume 2

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Bliss - Chamber Music Volume 2



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19th May 2003




62 minutes


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Bliss - Chamber Music Volume 2


Oboe Quintet, Op. 21

Piano Quartet, Op. 18

Viola Sonata Op. 91

Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Martin Outram (viola), Peter Donohoe (piano)

Maggini Quartet



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Arthur Bliss: Piano Quartet in A minor

Poco adagio e espressivo

Intermezzo: Tempo di Mazurka

Allegro furioso

Arthur Bliss: Viola Sonata





Arthur Bliss: Oboe Quintet

Assai sostenuto - Allegro assai agitato

Andante con moto


Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“The Maggini Quartet and Peter Donohoe give a commanding performance of the Piano Quartet, locating an underlying toughness of argument and urgency of expression in both outer movements to make one regret all the more forcefully the budding composer's decision to withdraw the piece following his demobilisation in 1919.
Otherwise unrepresented in the domestic catalogue, the Viola Sonata was written in 1933 for Lionel Tertis. If Bliss's inspiration lacks the distinctive melodic profile and organic mastery of, say, Walton's Viola Concerto of four years previously, the work as a whole is still worth getting to know. The Maggini's violist, Martin Outram, makes commendably light of the solo part's at times hair-raising demands and Donohoe offers exemplary support.
But the jewel in this anthology is the Oboe Quintet that Bliss composed in 1927 for Leon Goossens. Elegance and resourcefulness are the watchwords in the first two movements, whose bitter-sweet lyricism forms an effective contrast with the exuberant festivities of the finale.
Nicholas Daniel and the Maggini give a spry, ideally proportioned reading. Production-values throughout are of a high order. Very warmly recommended.”

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