Bliss - Meditations on a Theme by John Blow

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Bliss - Meditations on a Theme by John Blow



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26th April 2010




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Bliss - Meditations on a Theme by John Blow


Meditations on a Theme by John Blow

Metamorphic Variations



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Scored for a large orchestra, including an extensive percussion section, Sir Arthur Bliss’s Metamorphic Variations dates from the end of his creative life.

Inspired by the triptych Tantris painted by Bliss’s long-time friend, the late George Dannatt, it is a work of extremes, of enormous power, passion and violence balanced by gentleness, whimsy and delicacy.

Meditations on a Theme by John Blow is one of Bliss’s most eloquent and personal scores, a private tribute to a generation cut down in its youth, including his own brother, during World War I.

Arthur Bliss: Meditations on a Theme by John Blow

Introduction: The Lord is my Shepherd - I will fear no evil

Meditation I: He leadeth me beside the still waters

Meditation II: Thy rod and staff they comfort me

Meditation III: Lambs

Meditation IV: He restoreth my soul

Meditation V: In green pastures

Interlude: Through the valley of the shadow of death

Finale: In the house of the Lord

Arthur Bliss: Metamorphic Variations

Variation 1: Elements

Variation 2: Ballet

Variation 3: Assertion

Variation 4: Speculation

Variation 5: Interjections

Variation 6: Scherzo I

Variation 7: Contemplation

Variation 8: Polonaise

Variation 9: Funeral Processions

Variation 10: Cool Interlude

Variation 11: Scherzo II

Variation 12: Duet

Variation 13: Dedicated to G.D. and A.D.

Variation 14: Affirmation

BBC Music Magazine

July 2010


“...Lloyd-Jones [probes] beyond its obvious aspect as a display piece for the various sections of the orchestra. Indeed his performance makes me feel that the work may have been a kind of self-portrait of its creator...This is certainly a disc that no British music fan should be without.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2010

“If Sir Arthur Bliss wrote a finer work than the Medititations on a Theme of John Blow then I would like to hear it...Bliss's score is a glowing exhibition of his compositional prowess...Meditations has been recorded before...yet the newcomer is beautifully played, well paced and boasts the finest sound to date.”

The Guardian

6th May 2010


“Together with the Colour Symphony...the Meditations on a Theme of John Blow is Bliss's most considerable orchestral work, and arguably his greatest achievement. Its tone is both pastoral and elegiac...It's touchingly effective”

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