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The Way to Polden 'An ambling tune', Op 76

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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

Les trois pages de York Bowen dévoilent des visages contrastés du compositeur: Rêverie d’Amour est une pièce de jeunesse dont le lyrisme flirte délicieusement avec une certaine décadence; la Danse sérieuse (placée en second au sein d’un triptyque) est une valse mélancolique riche en frasques harmoniques espiègles—une spécialité de Bowen; et Le chemin de Polden est un morceau ultérieur où les harmonies sont plus piquantes et l’émotion plus retenue. Chilton Polden est un petit village du comté de Somerset, probablement la référence du titre.

extrait des notes rédigées par Stephen Hough © 2002
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Die drei Stücke von York Bowen offenbaren drei unterschiedliche Aspekte des Komponisten: die Reverie d’Amour ist ein Frühwerk, dessen verschämt üppiger Lyrismus sich auf bezaubernde Art an Dekadenz heranwagt; der Serious Dance (das zweite von drei solchen Stücken) ist ein wehmütiger Walzer mit neckischen harmonischen Abweichungen—eine Spezialität Bowens; und The Way to Polden ist eine spätere Komposition , in der die Harmonik pikanter und die Emotion eher verdeckt ist. Chilton Polden ist ein kleines Dorf in der englischen Grafschaft Somerset und wahrscheinlich der im Titel angesprochene Ort.

aus dem Begleittext von Stephen Hough © 2002
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

Recordings

Stephen Hough's English Piano Album
Studio Master: CDA67267Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings
APR6007for the price of 1 — Download only

Details

Track 15 on CDA67267 [3'33]
Track 16 on APR6007 CD2 [3'13] for the price of 1 — Download only

Track-specific metadata for APR6007 disc 2 track 16

Artists
ISRC
GB-SAM-08-00730
Duration
3'13
Recording date
1925
Recording venue
London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
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  1. York Bowen – The complete solo 78-rpm recordings (APR6007)
    Disc 2 Track 16
    Release date: November 2008
    for the price of 1 — Download only
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