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Mark Bowden (b.1951): Orchestral Works, "Sudden Light" / Oliver Coates, cello; Julian Warburton, percussion; Hyeyoon Park, violin; Huw Watkins, piano

Notes & Reviews:

Mark Bowden's first taste of fame came in 2006 when he won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize for his first commissioned orchestral work, Sudden Light, which rounds out this album. Mr. Bowden has enjoyed fellowships and residencies at multiple influential posts, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rambert Dance Company, Aldeburgh Music, University of Cambridge, and more. In 2015, he received the Welsh Music Guild's Glanville Jones Award. This is Bowden's debut album of compositions. His work Lyra (2011) for cello and orchestra was described by Seen and Heard International as "a richly allusive work of considerable scope and ambition." Bowden's ambition and skill are heard on the three other featured pieces as well. The title track, Sudden Light (2005) was inspired by The Music of the Primes, a book by Marcus du Sautoy. Through overtones of the harmonic series, Bowden plays with the ideas of consonance and dissonance.


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