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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Full of striking ideas and effects to illustrate four heraldic colours, the Colour Symphony here receives a refined and idiomatic reading, marked by superb wind-playing. More valuable still is the first complete recording of the ballet, Adam Zero, in which the process of creating a ballet is presented as an allegory for the ongoing life-cycle. Lloyd-Jones directs a dramatically paced performance, amply confirming this as one of Bliss’s most inventive, strongly co-ordinated scores, shamefully neglected. Full, well-balanced sound.

Gramophone, June 2007

"David Lloyd-Jones's exciting and idiomatic account og A Colour Symphony with the English Northern Philharmonia proves easily more than a match for all current competition... Terrific value for money, then, and a generous pairing which should hopefully win many new friends for this fine composer."

, December 1996

"Best buy of 1996 has to be David Lloyd-Jones's English Northern Philharmnoia coupling of Sir Arthur Bliss's A Colour Symphony and Adam Zero on Naxos - and exciting start to what will hopefully develop into a Bliss series."

Journal Into Melody, December 1996

"...this is the premiere recording of Adam Zero which makes this bargain price CD all the more essential for any Bliss collector. In recent weeks this CD has received widespread praise from the musical press, including the accolade of being made Gramophone Recording of the Month in October. The team at Naxos richly deserve all the praise for this outstanding release."

Journal Into Melody, October 1996

"...anyone who does not yet possess either work is strongly recommended to consider "risking a fiver"!"

Classic CD, September 1996

"Like Bliss in his own recently reissued 1956 recording...David Lloyd-Jones readily embraces the ambitious vigour and implied scale of the music. Both recording and sleeve notes are clean, clear and well-judged. Alert confident performances provide useful introduction and excellent value."


"Naxos has the globe sewn up, and this will take bliss to corners where he is entirely an unknown quantity...David Lloyd-Jones's performances with the English Northern Philharmonia are so thoroughly reliable... Fine music, then in convincing performances... A strong recommendation, obviously"

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