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Serious Dance, Op 51 No 2
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'Stephen Hough's English Piano Album' (CDA67267)
Stephen Hough's English Piano Album
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Serious Dance, Op 51 No 2
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The three York Bowen pieces show three contrasting faces of the composer: the Reverie d’Amour is an early piece whose blushingly lush lyricism hovers delightfully close to decadence; the Serious Dance (the second of three such pieces) is a wistful waltz with teasing harmonic side-steps—a Bowen speciality; and The Way to Polden is a later piece where the harmonies are more piquant and the emotion more ‘inside the sleeve’. Chilton Polden is a small village in Somerset and is probably the reference here. (Curiously, ‘Polden’ is also the name of a poem by Tyutchev which was set to music by Nicolai Medtner, a contemporary of Bowen’s who lived only a few miles away from him in Golders Green.)

from notes by Stephen Hough © 2002

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Details for CDA67267 track 14
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-26714
Duration
3'22
Recording date
30 September 1997
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
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  1. Stephen Hough's English Piano Album (CDA67267)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: March 2002
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