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Record title: Bliss conducts Bliss
Record label: Argo / Lyrita SRCD.255
Great British composer Sir Arthur Bliss was a superb conductor of his own music as is shown by this splendidly programme, mainly of works from the 1920s, originally recorded in 1971. It includes Melée Fantasque, the intriguing Rout for soprano (singing nonsense-language) and orchestra, Hymn to Apollo, and three dances from the ballet Adam Zero. Sir Arthur conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with soprano Rae Woodland in Rout. In addition, Brian Priestman conducts Bliss’s Serenade for baritone and orchestra with John Shirley-Quirk as soloist, and Philip Jones conducts the Ambrosian Singers with the LSO Wind and Brass Ensemble in and the cantata on words of Gerald Manley Hopkins, The World is Charged with the Grandeur of God. A classic disc of classic British music. Lyrita SRCD.255, issued 1992, total duration a very generous 79 minutes 13 seconds.