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BLISS: Checkmate / Melee Fantasque


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– David Lloyd-Jones talks to Jeremy Siepmann

BLISS: Checkmate / Melee Fantasque

Sir Arthur Bliss, Master of the Queen’s Music from 1953, was one of the leading British composers of his generation. The sparkling Mêlée Fantasque (1921), which the composer considered to be his first ballet score, shows the influence of Stravinsky and Dyagilev’s Ballets Russes. Checkmate (1937), a collaboration with the great choreographer, Ninette de Valois, is a masterpiece of English ballet, full of striking ideas and colourful effects. This disc offers a rare opportunity to hear the complete ballet, which remains in the repertoire to this day.

Bliss, Arthur

  Melee Fantasque
1.   Melee Fantasque 00:12:00
2.   I. Prologue - The Players: Moderato maestoso 00:05:45
3.   II. Dance of the Red Pawns: Allegro spirito scherzando 00:02:25
4.   III. Dance of the Four Knights: Allegro moderato sempre robustamente 00:03:49
5.   IV. Entry of the Black Queen: L’istesso tempo 00:05:31
6.   V. The Red Knight’s Mazurka: Moderato giojosamente 00:03:37
7.   VI. Ceremony of the Red Bishops: Largamente (misticamente) 00:02:12
8.   VII. Entry of the Red Castles: Allegro molto deciso 00:02:24
9.   VIII. Entry of the Red King and Queen: Grave 00:01:45
10.   XI. The Attack: Allegro impetuoso e brillante 00:07:03
11.   X. The Duel: Maestoso moderato e molto appassionato 00:08:26
12.   X. The Black Queen Dances: Allegro dispettoso 00:03:42
13.   XII. Finale - Checkmate: Andante poco sostenuto - Allegro vivace e feroce 00:06:19

Total Playing Time: 01:04:58

Bliss, Arthur

Lloyd-Jones, David

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Genre: Ballet; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557641

Barcode: 0747313264124

Physical Release: 09/2005

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