LABELS: Chandos Enchant
WORKS: A Colour Symphony; The Enchantress; Cello Concerto
PERFORMER: Linda Finnie (mezzo-soprano), Raphael Wallfisch (cello) Ulster Orchestra/Vernon Handley
CATALOGUE NO: CHAN 7073 75:41
Although Bliss remains a far less distinctive musical figure than Britten, Walton or Tippett, his best work hardly deserves to languish in comparative obscurity. Chandos’s generous compilation is an ideal introduction to his music, with the Colour Symphony, in particular, offering an attractive mixture of Elgarian warmth and Stravinskian rhythmic dynamism. The Ulster Orchestra is outstanding and, as ever, Chandos’s engineering produces a luxurious sound, highlighting the brilliance and richness of Blissorchestration.