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The Embankment and Cleopatra's Needle at Night, London (c1910) by George Hyde Pownall (1876-1932)
Private Collection / Bourne Gallery, Reigate / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67991/2
Recording details: April 2012
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2013
Total duration: 6 minutes 6 seconds

Romance in D flat major
composer
1900 for violin and piano; arranged for viola and piano by Bowen in 1904; Lento

Other recordings available for download
Lawrence Power (viola), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The unpublished Romance from 1900 designates its sixteen-year-old composer on the manuscript as ‘Edwin Y. Bowen’. Its contemplative manner suggests precocious anticipation of such salon staples as the celebrated Méditation from Massenet’s opera Thaïs (1903); yet its harmonic range extends well beyond any such comparison. A rapt Lento in D flat major leads to a poco più mosso in which, nodding at the textural give-and-take of classical sonata convention, fluid semiquavers pass eventually from the pianist’s left hand to the violin part. An unexpectedly vehement central climax is reached via a series of modulations, briefly reigniting before a spacious recapitulation of the opening section. The final stages make valedictory reference to the central passage, now accommodated in the ‘home’ key.

from notes by Francis Pott © 2013


Other albums featuring this work
'Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano' (CDA67651/2)
Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano
'Hyperion monthly sampler – May 2013' (HYP201305)
Hyperion monthly sampler – May 2013
HYP201305  Download-only monthly sampler   No longer available

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