Bowen: the complete works for violin and piano

Hanslip, C. and Driver, D. (2013) Bowen: the complete works for violin and piano. [Audio]


Music for violin and piano by York Bowen (1884-1961), performed by Chloë Hanslip (violin) and Danny Driver (piano): Violin Sonata in E minor Op 112; Allegretto Op 105; Suite in D minor Op 28; Melody for the G string Op 47; Phantasie in E minor Op 34; Song; Bolero; Melody; Albumleaf; Violin Sonata in B minor Op 7; Romance in D flat major; Serenade; Valse harmonique. Young virtuoso Chloë Hanslip and York Bowen specialist Danny Driver 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.

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