℗ 2015 Chandos
 

Bliss: Morning Heroes - Hymn to Apollo

Samuel West, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis

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Morning Heroes, F 32  
1
I. Hector’s Farewell to Andromache. Maestoso – L’istesso tempo – L’istesso tempo –
Arthur Bliss; Samuel West; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
13:00
2
II. The City Arming. Allegro alla marcia (with great spirit and elation) – Poco meno – Più mosso – Meno mosso (Moderato) – Alla marcia – Più mosso – Pochissimo meno – Andante moderato
Arthur Bliss; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
11:14
3
IIIa. Vigil. Andante sostenuto – L’istesso tempo (Tranquillo) – Agitato – Tempo i –
Arthur Bliss; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
7:53
4
IIIb. The Bivouac’s Flame. Adagio maestoso – Più mosso – A tempo maestoso – Tempo i – Largamente
Arthur Bliss; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
4:26
5
IVa. Achilles Goes Forth to Battle. Allegro con fuoco – Tranquillo –
Arthur Bliss; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
6:45
6
IVb. The Heroes. Allegro con fuoco – Molto animato
Arthur Bliss; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
1:38
7
Va. Now, Trumpeter, for thy Close. Spring Offensive. Andante maestoso – Più animato – Andante molto tranquillo –
Arthur Bliss; Samuel West; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:32
8
Vb. dawn on the Somme. Grave (quasi chorale) – Andante tranquillo – Pochissimo più mosso – Più mosso – Maestoso – Molto tranquillo
Arthur Bliss; BBC Symphony Chorus; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
5:02
Hymn to Apollo, F 116  
9
Moderato maestoso – Più mosso (assai allegro) – A tempo i (moderato) – Più mosso – Tranquillo, ma non meno mosso – A tempo i meno mosso
Arthur Bliss; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Davis
9:26
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    64:56
"Recording of the Month ... a splendid disc. The performance standard is extremely high and engineering is excellent. Bliss devotees should acquire this as a matter of urgency and other collectors are strongly urged to hear this eloquent musical commemoration of the fallen of World War I."
- MusicWeb International

This album was recorded after a triumphant performance of Morning Heroes at the Barbican in May 2015, which earned glowing reviews for both conductor Sir Andrew Davis and British actor Samuel West serving as orator. The piece is coupled on this programme with the Hymn to Apollo, recorded here for the first time in its original 1926 version. Like much of his music, these two works were composed as a tribute to Bliss's brother Kennard who died on the front during World War I.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon
Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens
Assistant engineer: Robert Gilmour
Editor: Robert Gilmour
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Recording venue: Fairfield Halls, Croydon; 16 and 17 May 2015
Front cover :‘Battle of Albert; British soldiers with wounded German prisoners, La Boiselle, 3 July 1916’, photograph © Windmill Books / robert Hunt Library / Universal images Group /Bridgeman images
Design and typesetting: Cap & Anchor design Co.
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen
Publishers: Novello & Co. Ltd, London (Morning Heroes), Universal Edition Ltd, London (Hymn to Apollo)

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