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Allegro de concert
February 1906; in D minor; originally for cello and piano; viola version by the composer; no contemporary performed known

'Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano' (CDA67651/2)
Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano
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Allegro de concert
Originally composed for cello and piano, the substantial Allegro de concert is dated February 1906. Doubtless influenced by Tertis, Bowen agreed that it should also be played on the viola, and this is the way it is most often heard. With its bold piano accompaniment, its headlong opening Allegro con fuoco, and brief wistful central interlude with its hint of an elegiac tune that never fully evolves, it would have allowed Tertis every opportunity to demonstrate his virtuosity and unique tone. Yet even in York Bowen’s press cuttings there seems to be no report of a performance in Bowen’s lifetime.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2008

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67651/2 disc 2 track 5
Recording date
7 November 2007
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Bowen: The complete works for viola & piano (CDA67651/2)
    Disc 2 Track 5
    Release date: July 2008
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