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Piano Works

Bowen: Works for Piano

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2004

Artists:

Joop Celis

piano

Venue:

Willem Hijstek Zaal, Maastricht Conservatory, The Netherlands



Producer:

Eric Schoones

(CD 1)

Daan van Aalst

(CD 2)

Joop Celis

(CD 2, CD 3 and CD 4)

Bert van Dijk

(CD 3 and CD 4)

Ralph Couzens

(Executive: CD 1, CD 2, CD 3 and CD 4)

Engineer:

Christianne Celis

(Assistant: CD 1, CD 2, CD 3 and CD 4)

Fred Huijser

(CD 1)

Daan van Aalst

(CD 2)

Bert van Dijk

(CD 3 and CD 4)

Record Label
Chandos Classics

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 296:52
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YORK BOWEN

(1884-1961)
   
premiere recording
 

Sonata No. 6, Op. 160

15:09  
  in B flat minor - in b-Moll - en si bémol mineur - in bes kl.t.  
1 I Moderato e serioso - Allegro risoluto e con fuoco 7:42
2 II Intermezzo. Poco lento e tranquillo - 3:57
3 III Finale alla toccata. Allegro molto e con spirito 3:22
   
 

24 Preludes, Op. 102

47:58  
  in all major and minor keys  
4 1 Moderato appassionato 1:05
5 2 Andante tranquillo 2:15
6 3 Andante grazioso 1:54
7 4 Allegro con fuoco 1:16
8 5 Allegro risoluto 1:35
9 6 Andante con moto 2:55
10 7 Andante amabile 1:54
11 8 Poco lento, serioso 2:22
12 9 Allegro risoluto e ritmico 1:44
13 10 Moderato, a capriccio 1:34
14 11 Andante con moto e grazioso 2:42
15 12 Allegro con fuoco 1:41
16 13 Andante tranquillo 2:16
17 14 Allegretto scherzando 1:21
18 15 Allegretto grazioso 1:44
19 16 Moderato semplice 2:16
20 17 Andante molto espressivo 1:55
21 18 Allegro con fuoco 2:11
22 19 Andantino con moto 1:58
23 20 Allegro con fuoco 1:23
24 21 Andante piacevole 2:34
25 22 Allegro molto e con fuoco 1:22
26 23 Andante con moto 1:47
27 24 Moderato serioso e tragico 4:10
   
28 

Rêverie, Op. 86

5:15
  in B major - in H-Dur - en si majeur - in B gr.t.  
  Andante espressivo e rubato  
 

Sonata No. 5, Op. 72

22:18  
  in F minor - in f-Moll - en fa mineur - in f kl.t.  
29 I Moderato - Allegro moderato - Meno mosso - 8:42
30 II Andante semplice 4:50
31 III Finale. Allegro con fuoco - Poco sostenuto - 8:37
   
32 

Nocturne, Op. 78

5:04
  in A flat major - in As-Dur - en la bémol majeur - in As gr.t.  
  Andante sostenuto  
   
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33 

Ripples (A Short Sketch), Op. 100 No. 1

2:26
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur - in F gr.t.  
  Allegro e leggiero  
   
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Two Preludes

7:27  
34 I No. 1. Andante sostenuto 3:48
  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur - in g kl.t.  
35 II No. 2, Op. 100 No. 2 'Shadows'. [ ] 3:36
  in D major - in D-Dur - en ré majeur - in D gr.t.  
   
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36 

Fantasia, Op. 132

10:43
  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur - in g kl.t.  
  Poco lento e serioso - Accelerando - Allegro moderato -  
   
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Two Intermezzi, Op. 141

3:47  
37 I Andantino tranquillo 2:38
  in B minor - in h-Moll - en si mineur - in b kl.t.  
38 II Allegro con fuoco 1:05
  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur - in g kl.t.  
   
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Siciliano and Toccatina, Op. 128

5:14  
39 Siciliano. Andantino grazioso 3:11
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur - in F gr.t.  
40 Toccatina. Allegro, quasi presto 2:02
  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur - in a kl.t.  
   
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Four Bagatelles, Op. 147

7:23  
41 I Andante con moto 1:30
  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur - in a kl.t.  
42 II Moderato sostenuto 2:19
  in B minor - in h-Moll - en si mineur - in b kl.t.  
43 III Allegretto grazioso 1:34
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur - in F gr.t.  
44 IV Andantino grazioso 1:51
  in E major - in E-Dur - en mi majeur - in E gr.t.  
   
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45 

Evening Calm

8:18
  in B flat major - in B-Dur - en si bémol majeur - in Bes gr.t.  
  Andante con moto  
46 

Ballade No. 2, Op. 87

10:16
  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur - in a  
  To Claude Pollard  
  Andantino espressivo - Poco più mosso - Tempo I (Andantino) - Più lento - Poco più allegro -  
   
  premiere recording*  
 

Three Songs without Words, Op. 94

11:13  
47 Song of the Stream.* To Clinton Gray-Fisk Esq. 3:51
  Andante con moto  
48 Solitude. Andante, un poco dolente 3:58
49 The Warning. Poco grave - Pochissimo più moto - 3:17
  Tempo I - Grandioso  
   
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From Three Preludes, Op. 81

5:47  
  To my pupil Olive Sturcke  
50 2 Andante dolente e rubato - [ ] - Tempo [I] 3:35
51 3 Allegretto grazioso 2:07
   
 

Short Sonata, Op. 35 No. 1

14:19  
  To my Wife and Son  
52 I Andante con moto - [ ] - Tempo I - Tranquillo 5:19
53 II Lento espressivo - Poco più mosso - 4:55
  [Tempo I] - Tranquillo  
54 III Finale. Presto scherzando - Poco meno mosso - 3:58
  Acclerando - Tempo I - Poco meno mosso - Animato e poco a poco accelerando - Presto  
   
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Three Miniatures, Op. 44

6:55  
55 1 Prelude. Andante cantabile 3:02
56 2 Intermezzo. Allegretto grazioso 2:02
57 3 Scherzo. Allegro scherzando 1:45
   
  premiere recording*  
 

Three Serious Dances, Op. 51

7:23  
58 I Allegretto* 2:16
59 II Poco lento 3:27
60 III Allegro molto pomposo* 1:33
   
61 

Toccata, Op. 155

4:22
  Edited by Stephen Hough from the autograph score  
  Allegro furioso  
   
  premiere recording*  
 

Three Pieces, Op. 20

18:13  
62 1 Arabesque. To the Rev. J.P. Dalton. Senza tempo - 4:53
  Allegretto grazioso  
63 2 Rêverie d'amour. To my Wife. Andante cantabile 6:29
64 3 Bells (An Impression).* Andante armonioso - 6:40
  [ ] - Tempo I  
   
  premiere recordings (except *)  
 

Partita, Op. 156*

9:34  
  To Jonathan Frank  
65 Prelude. Moderato - Allegro moderato 1:42
66 Gavotte. Allegretto grazioso 1:39
67 Sarabande. Andante tranquillo 2:48
68 Minuet. Allegretto grazioso 1:16
69 Gigue. Allegro vivace 2:08
   
 

Suite Mignonne, Op. 39

8:36  
  Fourth Suite  
  To My Pupil: Miss Kathleen Richards  
70 I Prelude. Moderato 3:15
71 II Valse. Un poco sostenuto 2:35
72 III Moto perpetuo (Finale). Veloce e leggiero - Tempo I* 2:45
   
 

Third Suite, Op. 38

16:30  
To Frederic Corder Esq. 1914
73 I Allegro. Allegro con spirito - [ ] - Tempo I 3:31
74 II Intermezzo. Andante cantabile - [ ] - Tempo I 3:11
75 III Scherzo. Allegro vivo - Legato e cantabile - 3:31
  Tempo I - [ ] - Tempo I  
76 IV Valse-rêverie. Poco lento e rubato 2:24
77 V Toccata (Finale). Allegro vivo (ma non troppo) - 3:51
  Più mosso - Tempo I - Tempo animato e stretto molto  
 

Three Sketches, Op. 43

10:03  
78 I Andante con moto 2:52
79 II Andantino grazioso 3:15
80 III Andante semplice 3:55
   
 

Sonatina, Op. 144

10:17  
  To Michael Matthews  
81 I Allegro e semplice 4:06
82 II Andante espressivo 3:12
83 III Finale. Allegro assai e giocoso 2:58
   
 

Three Novelettes, Op. 124

11:19  
  To Marion Keyte-Perry, 1947  
84 1 Andantino grazioso 4:14
85 2 Allegro maestoso - Largamente - Animato 3:27
86 3 Andantino espressivo - Ben sostenuto - A tempo 3:38
   
87 

Polonaise, Op. 26 No. 2

10:03
  in F sharp major - in Fis-Dur - en fa dièse majeur - in Fis groot  
  To Tobias Matthay  
  Allegro maestoso - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I - Poco più tranquillo - Tempo I  
88 

A Whim, Op. 19 No. 2

2:27
  Moderato, ma molto scherzando e rubato - [ ] - Tempo I  
   
 Joop Celis piano
  19-21 April 2003 (CD 1), 14-16 July 2006 (CD 2), 21-24 March 2008 (CD 3), 18-20 July 2009 (CD 4)  


York Bowen has been described as ‘The English Rachmaninoff’. As a young composer he was highly regarded by the most admired performers of the day, including Hans Richter, Fritz Kreisler, and Lionel Tertis. Bowen composed more than 160 works, which show a blend of romanticism and strong individuality. This collection ranges widely over his output for solo piano, from relatively large-scale structures to quite short, almost miniature, pieces.
 
Evident in these works is Bowen’s responsiveness to two very different national schools: the Russian, with its often epic character, its pianistic virtuosity, strong rhythmical impact, and darkly atmospheric, melancholic harmonies and melodies, and the French, generally distinguished by its lightness, its playfully decorated melodies, and tender harmonies. Among the composers whose piano music left a mark on Bowen’s own works for the instrument are Rachmaninoff, Balakirev, Medtner, Scriabin, Debussy, and even sometimes Ravel. Echoes of the music of Ireland, Delius, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams may, however, also be heard in Bowen’s work. It is this fusion of different styles which makes Bowen’s own very individual sound world so remarkable.
 
The Dutch pianist Joop Celis has given lecture recitals on the piano works of York Bowen for the Dutch and Belgian branches of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA), and in 2005 he gave master-classes, lectures, and recitals both in South Korea and China, performing piano works by Bowen.
 

“… Celis’s pianism is remarkably dramatic as well as attentive to detail and mood … he certainly understands the greatness of this music and presents it in that light…”

Lynn René Bayley – Fanfare – November/December 2014


“… Joop Celis … is a fine musician. His core strength is that he realises Bowen’s integrity as a composer… There are a huge number of premiere recordings in this set, which in combination with the excellence of both pianism and recording makes it self-recommending.”

Colin Clarke – International Piano magazine- November/December 2013




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