At last available on CD, this recording shot Trevor Barnard to fame in 1962 when released on HMV. The first stereo recording of this fine British concerto, it was subsequently re-issued by EMI as part of its "Great British Concertos" set in the 70s. The recording has been digitally remastered by Tonmeister Leslie Craythorn in Australia, after re-equalisation by Huntcliff Recording of Redcar, England. This is a broad, optimistic work - bold and pioneering but also conservative in many respects - rather like the American people to whom it is dedicated! Issued under licence from EMI Records Ltd.
"Barnard’s excellent performance..is .commanding.. a strong passionate reading.. and displays considerable virtuosity….thoroughly worthwhile CD reissue"
"It is clear throughout that [Barnard] has the full measure of the piece. Barnard is well up to the taxing demands in the outer movements - the mighty cadenza at the end of the first movement is a tour de force. You get the strong impression that by sheer force of personality, the accompanying Philharmonia under Sargent were galvanised into urgent response, so that Bliss is here receiving the best possible advocacy."
"Though hardly cutting edge for its time, Bliss’s Concerto is a work of much ingenuity, and Trevor Barnard is a splendid soloist…..I enjoyed this reissue enormously"
Barnard..plays with….scintillating brilliance.. the central movement is beautifully handled… some of the most precious minutes I have spent in recent months"
"Barnard’s playing is tremendously committed and he copes well with the many virtuoso demands Bliss forces on him. There is a great Romantic sweep to the first movement: the orchestra (inspired under Sargent) obviously enjoys letting its hair down. …Throughout, the orchestral detail revealed by Craythorn’s transfer is little short of miraculous. Barnard’s variety of touch comes to the fore in the last movement also, the effect almost spectral at times. …….Wholeheartedly recommended."