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York Bowen: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / A. Davis

Audio Samples

>Bowen, York : Symphony no 1 in G major, Op. 4
>Bowen, York : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 31

Album Summary

>Bowen, York : Symphony no 1 in G major, Op. 4
>Bowen, York : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 31
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

York Bowen (1884-1961) 'The English Rachmaninoff' has a distinguished reputation as a composer and pianist. "The most remarkable of the young British composers," said Saint-Saëns. Bowen's works display a blend of romanticism, strong individuality, textures and harmonies considered uniquely 'Bowen'. This recording presents his 2 surviving symphonies. Bowen composed Symphony No. 1 in 1902 at age 18, while attending the Royal Academy of Music. The work has 3 movements - unusual for the time, written for a modest size orchestra. 7 years later, he composed Symphony No.2. Much happened in the world of modern music during those 7 years, including the acceptance of large orchestras as standard. Symphony No.2 is much larger in scale and performed with significantly larger instrumental forces too.

"Davis and the BBC Philharmonic give both symphonies finely groomed performances" -The Guardian

"Bowen handles his sizeable forces with consummate assurance...Bowen's red-blooded Second Symphony makes for a thoroughly enjoyable, late-Romantic splurge, and is certainly delivered here with unflagging conviction and energy. Production values are all one could desire, with Stephen Rinker's glowingly realistic, richly upholstered sound complementing the consistently polished and affectionate music-making. Recommended, especially if you have a sweet tooth" -Gramophone Magazine

"The present release is essential listening: first, because it susbstantially expands our knowledge of a musician who was clearly neither an anachronism nor merely an Interesting Historical Figure; second, because it is hugely enjoyable on its own terms; and third, because it is so stunningly well played and executed" -International Record Review

"Sir Andrew Davis's recording spearheads a belated revival of Bowen's orchestral work, revealing a remarkable melodic felicity in the sun-dappled First Symphony (1902) and an almost Straussian appetite for colour in the more heroic Second (1909). The playing is relaxed and refined, particularly in the extended solos for violin and clarinet" -The Independent on Sunday

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (10/10/2010-10/11/2010).



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Works Details

>Bowen, York : Symphony no 1 in G major, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (10/10/2010-10/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Bowen, York : Symphony no 2 in E minor, Op. 31
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (10/10/2010-10/11/2010)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral