Julian Bliss and Bradley Moore

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Nearly 10 years after his debut recital recording, virtuoso clarinettist Julian Bliss returns to disc with a new programme alongside pianist Bradley Moore. Their recital combines great works (and some new arrangements) from great Russian and French composers.

“I first heard the Prokofiev a number of years ago and what struck me was not only the virtuosity required by both musicians to play it, but how intricate and beautiful it was. I knew straight away that I had to make my own arrangement of it, and after sight reading it through with Bradley there was no question about including it on this album. To me, the third movement in particular has a very French and jazzy feel to it. You could be fooled into thinking it was a piece of Debussy!” Julian Bliss

SKU: SIGCD384

What people are saying

"… performances of Debussy’s Premiere rapsodie, Fracaix’s Tema con Variazioni and Milhaud’s Sonatine that are agile, sensual and witty.". Choir and Organ, July 2014

"Even in hyperactive or assertive passages the young English clarinettist Julian Bliss retains a caressing, soft-toned quality which is very more-ish. Poise, agility and alertness permeate these winning, infections performances." BBC Music Magazine, November 2014

"Bliss’s rich lower register illuminates Debussy’s Premiere Rapsodie, Francaix’s Tema con Variazioni offers scope for perky virtuosity and Prokofiev’s Sonata in D is an essay in control. Bradley Moor is the fine accompanist." Yorkshire Post, July 2014

Julian Bliss clarinet

Bradley Moore piano 

Release date:2nd Jun 2014
Order code:SIGCD384
Barcode: 635212038420

Even in hyperactive or assertive passages the young English clarinettist Julian Bliss retains a caressing, soft-toned quality which is very more-ish. Poise, agility and alertness permeate these winning, infections performances.

BBC Music Magazine

Julian Bliss made his first TV appearance as a clarinettist aged five. Twenty years on, he has a flourishing concert career. His musical gifts and engaging personality shine in a programme that underlines the musical relationship between France and Russia, with pieces by Debussy, Francaix, Milhaud, Glinka and Prokofiev. Bliss’s rich lower register illuminates Debussy’s Premiere Rapsodie, Francaix’s Tema con Variazioni offers scope for perky virtuosity and Prokofiev’s Sonata in D is an essay in control. Bradley Moor is the fine accompanist. 

Yorkshire Post

The French works here were all originally written for the clarinet. The Russian works are arrangements of a Viola Sonata by Glinka and the Flute Sonata by Prokofiev, which is best known in another arrangement, for violin and piano by David Oistrakh. English clarinettist Julian Bliss, who will be at the west Cork Chamber Music Festival in July, gives performances of Debussy’s Premiere rapsodie, Fracaix’s Tema con Variazioni and Milhaud’s Sonatine that are agile, sensual and witty. Glinka’s youthful Viola Sonata is more pallid on clarinet than on viola. And while Prokofiev’s often chirrupy sonata gives Bliss plenty of opportunities to show off, the music doesn’t sound as well as on flute or violin. A mixed bag.

Michael Dervan, Choir and Organ

  1. Premiere Rhapsody – Claude Debussy – 7.31
  2. Tema con Variazione – Jean Francaix – 8.46
  3. Sonata in D minor (arr. Bliss): I. Allegro, moderato – Mikhail Glinka – 9.55
  4. Sonata in D minor (arr. Bliss): II. Larghetto, ma non troppo – Mikhail Glinka – 7.39
  5. Sonatine, Op. 100: I. Tr?s rude – Darius Milhaud – 3.28
  6. Sonatine, Op. 100: II. Lent – Darius Milhaud – 4.26
  7. Sonatine, Op. 100: III. Tr?s rude – Darius Milhaud – 2.41
  8. Sonata in D, Op. 94 (arr. Bliss): I. Moderato – Sergei Prokofiev – 8.42
  9. Sonata in D, Op. 94 (arr. Bliss): II. Presto – Sergei Prokofiev – 5.16
  10. Sonata in D, Op. 94 (arr. Bliss): III. Andante – Sergei Prokofiev – 3.46
  11. Sonata in D, Op. 94 (arr. Bliss): IV. Allegro con brio – Sergei Prokofiev – 7.01