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Berceuse, Op 83


The choice of title here and the lilting character of the triple rhythm, combined with intermittent quasi-improvisatory arabesque, suggest initially an intended homage to Chopin’s solitary essay in the genre. However, the earlier part of the piece contains transient hints of Ravelian harmony, as does the gently mesmeric insistence on various pedal points heard as repeated off-beat monotones (perhaps an anodyne transformation of that device as heard in ‘Le Gibet’ from Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit?). At times the ambience resembles also that of the mature Arnold Bax, Bowen’s student friend and contemporary at the RAM, whose Fourth Sonata (written some six years later) embodies a similar conception in its slow movement. The dynamic level remains restrained throughout.

from notes by Francis Pott © 1996


Bowen: Piano Music
The Stephen Hough Piano Collection
HOUGH1Super-budget price sampler


Track 18 on CDA66838 [3'43]
Track 6 on HOUGH1 [3'43] Super-budget price sampler

Track-specific metadata for CDA66838 track 18

Recording date
10 September 1995
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Bowen: Piano Music (CDA66838)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: April 1996
  2. The Stephen Hough Piano Collection (HOUGH1)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: May 2005
    Super-budget price sampler
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