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“Eager and polished performances that do Bliss absolutely proud.”
Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine (February 2004)

“Eager and polished performances that do Bliss absolutely proud. Peter
Donohoe's ambitious British Piano Concerto project for Naxos brings us the work
premièred by Solomon at the 1939 New York World Fair, the Piano Concerto (Sir
Adrian Boult conducted the New York PO). It's a big, heart-on-sleeve work which
mirrored Bliss's belief that the American people 'are the most romantic in
the world'. The Piano Sonata, written for Noël Mewton-Wood (whose fine
recording of the concerto has recently appeared on CD) shows Donohoe's skills
off well.”
Editor's Choice - Gramophone Magazine (February 2004)

Grammy Award Nomination 2005 - Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with

Arthur Bliss was half-American on his father's side. He studied with Charles
Wood at Cambridge, where he also came under the influence of Edward Dent, and
then at the Royal College of Music. In 1912 he met Elgar who encouraged him.
After distinguished service in World War I, in which he was wounded, gassed and
mentioned in despatches, he returned to England and gained a reputation of some
notoriety with works for ensembles (often exploiting the voice) such as Madam
Noy (1918) and Rout (1920), which were deemed to be modern and experimental.

During the 1920s A Colour Symphony (1921-2), Introduction and Allegro
(1926), the Oboe Quintet (1927), and Pastoral (1929) established Bliss as an
important voice. His war experiences found musical expression in the profound

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