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Vernon Handley|Bliss: Suites from Checkmate & Adam Zero

Bliss: Suites from Checkmate & Adam Zero

Vernon Handley & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

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After attending a tour of Diaghilev’s Ballets russes in London, composer Arthur Bliss developed a particular interest in this repertoire. He wrote two splendid scores, still performed nowadays by the major British ballet companies. Adam Zero is a very somber work on human life cycle, as for Checkmate, as its title indicates, it narrates the fight between Love and Death on a chessboard, each represented by a set of pieces. It was initially choreographed by Ninette de Valois, a former member of the Ballets russes. The suites including the most captivating moments of these two underrated works are performed by modern British music advocate Vernon Handley. © Warner Classics

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Bliss: Suites from Checkmate & Adam Zero

Vernon Handley

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1
Suite from Adam Zero: I. Fanfare Overture
00:01:44

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

2
Suite from Adam Zero: II. Adam's Fates
00:01:37

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

3
Suite from Adam Zero: III. Dance of Spring
00:02:40

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

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Suite from Adam Zero: IV. Awakening of Love
00:03:24

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Suite from Adam Zero: V. Bridal Ceremony
00:02:09

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

6
Suite from Adam Zero: VI. Dance of Summer
00:03:31

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Suite from Adam Zero: VII. Approach to Autumn
00:03:54

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

8
Suite from Adam Zero: VIII. Night Club Scene
00:04:16

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Suite from Adam Zero: IX. Destruction of Adam's World
00:02:49

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Suite from Adam Zero: X. Dance with Death
00:04:58

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

11
Suite from Adam Zero: XI. Finale. The Stage Is Set Again
00:02:04

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

12
Suite from Adam Zero: XII. Fanfare Coda
00:00:37

John Fraser, Producer - Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 2005 Parlophone Records Limited

13
Suite from Checkmate: I. Prologue. The Players
00:06:42

Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 1987 Parlophone Records Limited

14
Suite from Checkmate: II. Dance of the Four Knights
00:04:04

Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 1987 Parlophone Records Limited

15
Suite from Checkmate: III. Entry of the Black Queen
00:05:53

Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 1987 Parlophone Records Limited

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Suite from Checkmate: IV. The Red Knight's Mazurka
00:02:52

Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 1987 Parlophone Records Limited

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Suite from Checkmate: V. Ceremony of the Red Bishops
00:02:40

Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 1987 Parlophone Records Limited

18
Suite from Checkmate: VI. Finale. Checkmate
00:04:09

Vernon Handley, Conductor, MainArtist - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Arthur Bliss, Composer

A Warner Classics release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 1979, 1987 Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

After attending a tour of Diaghilev’s Ballets russes in London, composer Arthur Bliss developed a particular interest in this repertoire. He wrote two splendid scores, still performed nowadays by the major British ballet companies. Adam Zero is a very somber work on human life cycle, as for Checkmate, as its title indicates, it narrates the fight between Love and Death on a chessboard, each represented by a set of pieces. It was initially choreographed by Ninette de Valois, a former member of the Ballets russes. The suites including the most captivating moments of these two underrated works are performed by modern British music advocate Vernon Handley. © Warner Classics

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