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Sir Arthur Bliss - The Beatitudes

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CHAN 5191
 
Sir Arthur Bliss - The Beatitudes
Release Date: February 2018
Originally recorded in 2017
Composer
Sir Arthur Bliss
Solo soprano *
Emily Birsan
Solo tenor *
Ben Johnson
Choral †
BBC Symphony Chorus
Conductor
Sir Andrew Davis
Producer
Brian Pidgeon
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer assistant
Jonathan Cooper
Venue 13 and 14 May 2017
Watford Colosseum
Genre:
Vocal & Song
Orchestral & Concertos

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SIR ARTHUR BLISS

The Beatitudes, F28 (1961) *†

4:26
A Cantata for Soprano and Tenor Soloists, SATB Chorus, Orchestra and Organ
Dedicated to my grand-daughter Susan, born May 10th 1955
1.
Prelude. A Troubled World
3:17
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'...we, excpet God say Another Fiat, shall have no more day.' (Donne)
Allegro violento - Tranquillo -
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The Mount of Olives (Henry Vaughan)
4:33
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Andante - Moving a little - Tempo I - Moving a little
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First and Second Beatitudes
3:39
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L'istesso, Andante - Largamente - Move a little - Moderato - Largamente - Move a little - Allegro moderato
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Easter (George Herbert)
6:04
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Vivo - L'istesso tempo - Subito meno mosso - Allegro -
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I got me flowers to strew thy way (George Herbert)
4:30
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Andante sereno
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Third Beatitude
1:19
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Largamente -
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The lofty looks of man shall be humbled
3:58
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(adapted from Isaiah II vv. 10-20)
Allegro energico - Andante maestoso - Tempo I
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Fourth Beatitude
2:11
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Tranquillo - Move a little - Tranquillo (Tempo I) -
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The Call (George Herbert)
3:53
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[ ] - Grave
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Interlude
1:27
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Allegro violente
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Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Beatitudes
3:45
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Tranquillo - Più mosso - Tempo I -
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And death shall have no dominion (Dylan Thomas)
3:13
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Allegro -
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Ninth Beatitude
1:30
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Andante (not too slow) -
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Voices of the Mob
1:03
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Molto vivo
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Epilogue. O blessed Jesu (Jeremy Taylor)
6:40
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Molto tranquillo - Pochissimo più mosso ma tranquillo - Poco meno mosso - Maestoso - Grave
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Introduction and Allegro, F117 (1926, revised 1937)

11:58
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for Full Orchestra
To Leopold Stokowski
Andante maestoso - Pochissimo più mosso - Ancora più mosso - Allegro molto ed impetuoso -
premiere recording
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God Save the Queen †

3:00
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(The National Anthem)
Arranged 1969 by the Composer for Full Orchestra and Chorus
Not slow - Slower - A tempo - Slightly slower - Tempo I

TT

66:31
Solo: Emily Birsan soprano *
Solo: Ben Johnson tenor *
Choral: BBC Symphony Chorus
David Temple chorus master
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Bryant leader
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

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