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David Bowerman: Fantasies - Whereon the Wild Thyme Blows / Stephen De Pledge, piano; Anna Leese, soprano

Audio Samples

>Bowerman, David : Fantasy on a Theme of Elgar, for violin & piano
>Bowerman, David : Shakespeare Songs (5), for voice & piano
>Bowerman, David : Quartet for Strings on a Prelude, Chorale and Fugue of Cesar Franck
>Bowerman, David : Carne Beach, for piano
>Bowerman, David : Shakespeare Sonnets (5), for voice & piano
>Bowerman, David : Gerontius Revisited, for string quartet
>Bowerman, David : Fantasy on a Mastersong, for piano trio

Album Summary

>Bowerman, David : Fantasy on a Theme of Elgar, for violin & piano
>Bowerman, David : Shakespeare Songs (5), for voice & piano
>Bowerman, David : Quartet for Strings on a Prelude, Chorale and Fugue of Cesar Franck
>Bowerman, David : Carne Beach, for piano
>Bowerman, David : Shakespeare Sonnets (5), for voice & piano
>Bowerman, David : Gerontius Revisited, for string quartet
>Bowerman, David : Fantasy on a Mastersong, for piano trio
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

David Bowerman began writing music at the age of 65, and these compositions are more reflective than futuristic. He draws on music and literature that holds personal ties for him, and the rest is a small medley of thoughts. The original compositions act as a springboard for Bowerman's imagination, where he seeks to reinvent but not out-soar them. A number of well-known artists and friends of Champs Hill appear here, including Gould Piano Trio, Sacconi Quartet, Emily Pailthorpe, and more.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
In all fairness, the Fantasy on a Fugue of Elgar is gorgeous; Bowerman's romanticism works better with a bigger group, and the fugal sections for violin and oboe are very well written. This piece is lovely on its own, and would do well on a program that had some contrast to it. I just can't listen to a whole program of this. Sound and playing are gorgeous and musical.



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Works Details

>Bowerman, David : Fantasy on a Theme of Elgar, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Emily Pailthorpe (Oboe); Laura Samuel (Violin); Anna Stokes (Flute)
  • Conductor: Krzysztof Chorzelski
  • Ensemble: Serenata of London
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bowerman, David : Shakespeare Songs (5), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Anna Leese (Soprano); Stephen de Pledge (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Bowerman, David : Quartet for Strings on a Prelude, Chorale and Fugue of César Franck
  • Notes: Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex (05/16/2006-05/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bowerman, David : Carne Beach, for piano
  • Performer: Stephen de Pledge (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Bowerman, David : Shakespeare Sonnets (5), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Anna Leese (Soprano); Stephen de Pledge (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Bowerman, David : Gerontius Revisited, for string quartet
  • Running Time: 16 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bowerman, David : Fantasy on a Mastersong, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music