Bowen: Piano Sonatas

Driver, D. (2009) Bowen: Piano Sonatas. [Audio]


Piano Sonatas by York Bowen (1884-1961) performed by Danny Driver: Piano Sonata No 1 in B minor Op 6; Piano Sonata No 2 in C sharp minor Op 9; Piano Sonata No 3 in D minor Op 12; Short Sonata in C sharp minor Op 35 No 1; Piano Sonata No 5 in F minor Op 72; Piano Sonata No 6 in B flat minor Op 160. The recent revival of York Bowen’s music, very much spearheaded by Hyperion, has spawned a plethora of new recordings of his compositions, and won him many new admirers. Among the new releases, this disc of Bowen’s piano sonatas is a uniquely important collection. It contains three premiere recordings, including two recordings of previously unpublished sonatas performed (with special permisson) from the manuscripts. It is thus the first ever recording of the complete sonatas – an unmissable opportunity for piano enthusiasts. Hyperion is delighted to welcome back the young virtuoso Danny Driver who was enthusiastically acclaimed for his masterly, stylish and technically dazzling performances of Bowen’s Third and Fourth Piano Concertos, and described as an ideal performer of these works.

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