Bliss: Oboe Quintet - Clarinet Quintet -The Melos Ensemble of London - Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Peter Graeme, oboe
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KHCD-2012-038DL (STEREO) - Bliss: Oboe Quintet - Clarinet Quintet -The Melos Ensemble of London - Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Peter Graeme, oboe - These two exquisite chamber pieces by Bliss were originally written for clarinetist Frederick Thurston and oboist Leon Goossens. Even more fortunate is the pairing in this early 60s recording of the extraordinary clarinetist Gervase de Peyer, and former student of Goossens, oboist Peter Graeme. Virtuosity in the many aspects of both compositions (phrasing, articulation, breath control) is handled singly and collectively with aplomb and great beauty. Bliss’s vitality, charm, and lyricism abound in both pieces, and the soloists are most ably supported by their string colleagues in the Melos Ensemble. The recording itself is quite good; close balances typical of early 60s stereo do not deter from the proceedings. An intimate atmosphere of heady music-making prevails throughout. Thanks to John Whitmore for the transcription of the World Record Club LP.