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BLISS: Checkmate / Melee Fantasque



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

Release Date: 09/2005

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