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York Bowen: The Complete Works for Violin and Piano; Chloe Hanslip, violin; Danny Driver, piano

Album Summary

>Bowen, York : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 112
>Bowen, York : Allegretto for violin & piano, Op. 105
>Bowen, York : Suite for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 28
>Bowen, York : Melody for the G string, Op. 47
>Bowen, York : Phantasie, for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 34
>Bowen, York : Song, for violin & piano
>Bowen, York : Bolero, for violin & piano
>Bowen, York : Melody, for violin & piano
>Bowen, York : Albumleaf, for violin & piano
>Bowen, York : Sonata for violin & piano in B minor, Op. 7
>Bowen, York : Romance for Viola and Piano in D flat major
>Bowen, York : Serenade, for violin & piano
>Bowen, York : Valse harmonique, for violin & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Young virtuoso Chloë Hanslip and York Bowen specialist Danny Driver join forces to present Bowen's complete works for violin and piano. Many of these works have never been recorded or indeed published before, and have been excavated from the archives by Driver himself. This double album is therefore a valuable resource for admirers of a composer whom Hyperion has done so much to champion through recordings. This body of work includes juvenilia, miniatures (written with an eye to academic performance during Bowen's years as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, but all impressive enough in quality to be concert works), his two Violin Sonatas, a Suite and a number of single-movement works. All show a superb composer of chamber music, a genuine original with a performer's ear.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The York Bowen renaissance continues apace with this release of works for violin and piano. Bowen (1884-1961) lived during the golden age of British composing. Bowen keeps a tight rein on how he develops his movements. He is more of a classicist in this respect. His Violin Sonata in E minor from 1945 is admirable because it is tightly constructed and each movement is of equal quality. The finale is invigoratingly propulsive, and the end of the movement feels like a climax not just to the movement but to the whole sonata. The Allegretto published in 1940 is a pleasant brief piece that would make a charming encore; it too is skillfully constructed and paced. There are several other short works here. The most distinctive is the Valse Harmonique, which employs harmonics. The two-movement Violin Sonata in B minor from 1902, the second earliest work collected here. There is no filler. Chloe Hanslip and Danny Driver are committed performers. Hanslip produces a firm tone and an energetic vibrato, and Driver is very much a partner. He never overpowers his partner. Clear, well-balanced sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012).



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Works Details

>Bowen, York : Sonata for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 112
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bowen, York : Allegretto for violin & piano, Op. 105
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bowen, York : Suite for violin & piano in D minor, Op. 28
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bowen, York : Melody for the G string, Op. 47
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Bowen, York : Phantasie, for violin & piano in E minor, Op. 34
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1911

>Bowen, York : Song, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949

>Bowen, York : Bolero, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Bowen, York : Melody, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bowen, York : Albumleaf, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bowen, York : Sonata for violin & piano in B minor, Op. 7
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1902

>Bowen, York : Romance for Viola and Piano in D flat major
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1900-1904

>Bowen, York : Serenade, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Bowen, York : Valse harmonique, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Danny Driver (Piano); Chloe Hanslip (Violin)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (03/29/2012-04/02/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1917