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




72 minutes


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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

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”

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.”

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