York Bowen: The Complete Works for Viola & Piano

York Bowen: The Complete Works for Viola & Piano

by Lawrence Power
     
 

This Hyperion two-disc set of York Bowen's viola works played by violist Lawrence Power is by far the most complete look at any aspect of the English composer's music. Of course, most of the music here was composed in the decade before the First World War, and thus presents a relatively limited view of his career. But since his music fell almost entirely out of favor… See more details below

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This Hyperion two-disc set of York Bowen's viola works played by violist Lawrence Power is by far the most complete look at any aspect of the English composer's music. Of course, most of the music here was composed in the decade before the First World War, and thus presents a relatively limited view of his career. But since his music fell almost entirely out of favor after the war, there isn't really much more to Bowen's work to reveal. Also a front-rank piano virtuoso, Bowen was a talented composer and well-trained composer who wrote in a conservative but none the less sincere romantic style full of catchy tunes, warm harmonies, and easily graspable forms. In Power's sweet and skillful performances accompanied by pianist Simon Crawford-Philips, the two sonatas from 1905 and 1906 come as the best-formed works with cogent structures that can contain and control Bowen's big tunes and adroit modulations without becoming episodic. More immediately appealing to some, however, may be the many short, single-movement pieces that fill out the discs. Some like the "Romances in D flat" and "A major" are straightforward but charming salon music, while others, like the "Fantasia for four violas" and the Adagio sostenuto from Beethoven's "Moonlight Piano Sonata with viola obbligato," are much odder but no less attractive. While not perhaps for fans of more adventurous contemporary music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, Bowen's works here will be interesting enough to listeners dedicated to the time and the period. Hyperion's digital sound is a bit close, but warm and very vivid.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2008
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571176512
catalogNumber:
67651
Rank:
384615

Tracks

  1. Sonata for viola & piano No. 1 in C minor  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan
  2. Romance for viola & piano in D flat major  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan
  3. Fantasia for 4 violas in E minor, Op. 41/1  - York Bowen  - James Boyd  - Philip Dukes  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Scott Dickinson  - Romy Ragan
  4. Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Op. 27/2: 1. Adagio sostenuto  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan
  5. Phantasy for viola & piano, Op. 54  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan
  6. Sonata for viola & piano No. 2 in F major  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan
  7. Romance for cello (or viola) & piano in A major  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan
  8. Allegro de concert for cello (or viola) & piano in D minor  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan
  9. Melody for the G String, for viola & piano, Op. 47  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan
  10. Melody for the C string, for viola & piano, Op. 51/2  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan
  11. Rhapsody for viola & piano in G minor  - York Bowen  - Simon Perry  - Simon Crawford-Phillips  - Lawrence Power  - Romy Ragan

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