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Leader, Alfred Cave
Conducted by Arthur Bliss
Suite from the Ballet, Checkmate
Bliss's ballet Checkmate was first produced in Paris in June 1937 under Constant Lambert, and the first performance in England was given at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on September 7, 1937, when the Vic-Wells Company conducted by Constant Lambert was on tour. The story is based on the idea of a game of chess between Love and Death.
Discussing the music in an article in the RADIO TIMES, Constant Lambert said: ' Certainly there is nothing severe or neo-classical about Checkmate, which is full-blooded theatre from start to finish. To me it is the most successful of Bliss's scores because it combines in one work so many elements of his character which have previously been presented to us only separately. The gaiety, vigour, and abandon of the early Bliss are there but this time they have the added maturity and lyricism gained through the more sober period when he devoted himself to symphonic and chamber music writing.'


Conducted By: Arthur Bliss

: The Victor Fleming Orchestra

from the Royal Institution for the Blind, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Two extracts from The Sleeping Beauty Tchaikovsky, arr. Weninger
1 Panorama, Going in the boat to the Castle. 2 Waltz


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