Bliss conducts BlissARTHUR BLISS (1891-1975): The Beatitudes for Soprano, Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra (Jennifer Vyvyan [soprano], Richard Lewis [tenor], The Festival Choir, BBC Symphony Orchestra. May 25, 1962), Introduction and Allegro and A Colour Symphony, Op. 24 (London Symphony Orchestra. November 23-24, 1955), Suite from Things to Come (LSO. June 17, 1957. Stereo), Pastoral "Lie strewn the white flocks" (Nancy Evans [mezzo], Gareth Morris [flute], Henry Taylor [timpani], BBC Chorus, Jacques String Orchestra; Reginald Jacques. Jan 10, 1951), March: The Phoenix (in honour of France) (Philharmonia Orchestra; Constant Lambert. March 29, 1946).
Catalogue Number: 07P089
Reference: 2CDBP 9818
Description: The Beatitudes is a 49-minute cantata which was commissioned for the same event at Coventry Cathedral as Britten's War Requiem but which was moved to the cramped confines of Coventry Theatre, from where the BBC broadcast the performance on this disc. Christ's words are interleaved with poems by three 17th-century metaphysical poets and by Dylan Thomas' recently written "And Death Shall Have No Dominion" in music ranging from sweetly supplicatory to fiercely aggressive. As you can see, there's quite a bit else on these discs but this is the main event as there is no other recording of it available. 2 CDs.