Bliss Piano Concerto


Catalogue No: DDV 24106
EAN/UPC: 5028117410624
Artists: , ,
Release Date: April 2000
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 37:56

At last available on CD, this recording shot Trevor Barnard to fame in 1962 when released on HMV. The first stereo recording of this fine British concerto, it was subsequently re-issued by EMI as part of its “Great British Concertos” set in the 70s.  (Digitally remastered)

This is a broad, optimistic work – bold and pioneering but also conservative in many respects – rather like the American people to whom it is dedicated!


Track Listing

    Arthur Bliss:

  1. I. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra – Allegro con brio (16:40)
  2. II. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra – Adagietto (9:25)
  3. III. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra – Andante maestoso – molto vivo (11:37)


MusicWeb International

Bliss’s Piano Concerto was first performed during the 1939 World Fair in New York by Solomon and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Sir Adrian Boult. (Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus and Bax’s Seventh Symphony were first performed during the same concert.). Bliss’s Piano Concerto is in the big romantic mould, as […]

” —Hubert Culot
MusicWeb International

Barnard’s playing is tremendously committed and he copes well with the many virtuoso demands Bliss forces on him. There is a great Romantic sweep to the first movement: the orchestra (inspired under Sargent) obviously enjoys letting its hair down. …Throughout, the orchestral detail revealed by Craythorn’s transfer is little short of miraculous. Barnard’s variety of touch comes to the fore in the last movement also, the effect almost spectral at times. …….Wholeheartedly recommended.

” —Colin Clarke
International Record Review

Barnard is well up to the taxing demands in the outer movements – the mighty cadenza at the end of the first movement is a tour de force. You get the strong impression that by sheer force of personality, the accompanying Philharmonia under Sargent were galvanised into urgent response, so that Bliss is here receiving the best possible advocacy.

” —Piers Burton-Page
Penguin Guide To Compact Discs

Barnard’s excellent performance… is… commanding.. a strong passionate reading.. and displays considerable virtuosity….thoroughly worthwhile CD reissue


Barnard..plays with….scintillating brilliance.. the central movement is beautifully handled… some of the most precious minutes I have spent in recent months

” —David Denton

Though hardly cutting edge for its time, Bliss’s Concerto is a work of much ingenuity, and Trevor Barnard is a splendid soloist…..I enjoyed this reissue enormously

” —Michael Oliver