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The Film Music of Sir Arthur Bliss

The Film Music of Sir Arthur Bliss

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2001

Originally recorded in 2000

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


Rumon Gamba



Venue:

New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Mike George

(Things to Come, Caesar and Cleopatra, Theme from War in the Air)

Ralph Couzens

(Welcome the Queen, The Royal Palaces Suite)

Engineer:

Stephen Rinker


Steve Hargreaves

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos Movies

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Film & TV Music

Total Time - 71:42
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The Film Music of Sir Arthur Bliss

 

ARTHUR BLISS

(1891-1975)
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1 

Welcome the Queen

6:47
  March  
  Moderato ma con brio - Andante maestoso  
   
premiere recording
 

Things to Come: Concert Music from the Film

31:58  
  arranged and reconstructed by Philip Lane  
2 1 Prologue. Maestoso 2:31
3 2 Ballet for Children. Allegro moderato 3:38
4 3 March. Alla marcia 3:37
5 4 Attack. Allgro con fuoco 1:53
6 5 The World in Ruins. Lento doloroso 2:40
7 6 Pestilence. Molto sostenuto 2:52
8 7 Excavation. Moderaqto e pesante 1:53
9 8 The Building of the World. Allegro moderato molto deciso 2:15
10 9 Machines. Moderato 1:26
11 10 Attack on the Moon Gun. Molto allegro fuoco 1:18
12 11 Epilogue. Maestoso 7:33
   
  premiere recording of the original version  
 

The Royal Palaces Suite

15:09  
13 I Queen Victoria's Call to the Throne 3:03
14 II The Ballroom in Buckingham Palace 3:59
15 III Joust of the Knights in Armour (George IV's reign) 1:35
16 IV Melodrama: The Murder of Rizzo in Holyrood House 2:39
17 V The Royal Palace. Theme 3:38
   
premiere recording
 

Caesar and Cleopatra

17:00  
  Suite from the incidental film music  
  edited and arranged by Giles Easterbrook and Malcolm Binney  
18 1 Overture. Allegro marcia 3:17
19 2 The Sea. Lento 2:47
20 3 Dance Interlude I. Allegretto giocoso 2:03
21 4 Dance Interlude II. Allegro molto 1:12
22 5 Dance Interlude III. Waltz time 1:18
23 6 Barcarolle. Allegretto piacevole 2:57
24 7 Memphis at Night. Andantino 1:38
25 8 Supply Sequence. [Allegro] 1:29
   
premiere recording
26 

Theme from 'War in the Air'

1:44
  Moderato maestoso  
Rumon Gamba conducts the BBC Philharmonic in The Film Music of Sir Arthur Bliss

This release in the Chandos Movies series features the premiere recording of Caesar and Cleopatra as well as the premiere recordings of the original versions of The Royal Palaces Suite, and the theme from War in the Air

The Chandos recording of Things to Come is a premiere recording and was reconstructed from Bliss’s notes by Philip Lane.

The BbC Philharmonic and Rumon Gamba have made a name for themselves with their best-selling series of film music.


Of rover sixty years Things to Come has exercised and enduringly baleful fascination, yet for all its spectacular effects, star names, massive budget, and the involvement of an internationally renowned author and the nation’s most celebrated filmmaker, it is for its music that the film will be forever remembered. Still the greatest of all film scores, according to some, the music for Things to Come set a standard which fuelled the expectations of thinking cinema-goers and initiated the golden age of British music which, while not yet utterly dead, survives mostly in memory. The film itself had a mixed reception, but the music was a sensation and its independent future life was assured. History tells that a suite (1935) was a brilliant success at the BBC Promenade Concerts even before the release of the film, that a collection of three discs which sold like hotcakes was issued, and that the music has been a standard of the orchestral repertoire ever since.

In its own way, the tale of Caesar and Cleopatra is equally strange, and there are distinct parallels to that of Things to Come. This film, too, involved a world-renowned author, George Bernard Shaw, a star producer from overseas, Gabriel Pascal, and was a follow-up to a box-office hit. Pascal had his own ideas about music: initially he wanted Prokofiev to write it but when this got nowhere he approached William Walton who also turned the job down. Bliss was Shaw’s choice, and the director’s undisguised resentment got things off on the wrong foot. The memory was still green in Bliss’s mind when a dozen years later, apropos of his exploits in film music, he wrote of ‘…unforgettable experiences with one director who, where music was concerned, was a certifiable lunatic’.

The Welcome the Queen March was the fruit of his work as a Master of the Queen’s Musick, a position he took very seriously. He wrote the march for the Pathé newsreel of the return of the young Queen Elizabeth from a Commonwealth tour in 1954. The Suite The Royal Palaces is music composed in 1966 for the BBC/ITV television documentary The Royal Palaces of Britain. The programme was broadcast on Christmas Day and narrated by Sir Kenneth Clark.


"... this splendid CD confirms Bliss as a composer of resource who could write good tunes to order - at least in the early part of his career. Bliss’s rollicking Welcome to the Queen gets the CD off to a splendid start, and the Chandos recording is fist class."

The Pengiun Guide – 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

 


‘This addition to Chandos’ film-music series gives an excellent account of Sir Richard’s tunefulness, verstaility, stylishness and English pastoralism’.
The Sunday Times on CHAN 9867 (Richard Rodney Bennett)

‘Discover some lesser-known scores alongside old favourites, played here with a frist-rate idiomatic feeling for Rota’s music… Even those who do not normally go for movie music might find this an enjoyable surprise’.
Gramphone on CHAN 9771 (Nino Rota)

‘Overall, Gamba and the BBC Philharmonic are fine advocates for this music. The sound quality is spectacular, and , as I mentioned above the annotations are excellent.’
Fanfare

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