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Bowerman: Whereon The Wild Thyme Blows

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2012

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Krysztof Chorzelski


Anna Stokes

flute

Emily Pailthorpe

oboe

Stephen De Pledge

piano

Anna Leese

soprano

Laura Samuel

violin

London Serenata


Bronte Quartet


Gould Piano Trio


Sacconi Quartet



Venue:

Music Room, Champs Hill, West Sussex


Chapel of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea

(Fantasy on a Fugue of Elgar)

Producer:

Alexander van Ingen


Matthew Bennett


Michael Ponder



Engineer:

Alexander van Ingen


Michael Ponder



Record Label
Champs Hill

Genre:

Chamber


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 72:16
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DAVID BOWERMAN

   
1 

Fantasy on a Fugue of Elgar

6:59
 Laura Samuel violin
 Emily Pailthorpe oboe
 Anna Stokes flute
 Krysztof Chorzelski
  27 October 2011  
 

Five Shakespeare Songs

12:25  
2 I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows 2:11
3 The quality of mercy 2:14
4 Sweet are the uses of adversity 3:01
5 How poor are they that have not patience! 2:17
6 O sleep, O gentle sleep 2:42
 Anna Leese soprano
 Stephen De Pledge piano
  28 June 2011  
7 

String Quartet on a Prelude, Chorale and Fugue on Cesar Franck

8:59
  Sarah Trickey violin  
  Katherine Gorsuch violin  
  Jon Thorne viola  
  Daisy Gathorne cello  
  16 and 17 May 2006  
8 

Carne Beach

5:36
 Stephen De Pledge piano
 

Five Shakespeare Sonnets

16:21  
9 When most I wink (Sonnet 43) 2:33
10 Weary with toil (Sonnet 27) 3:52
11 The marriage of true minds (Sonnet 116) 2:57
12 Poor soul (Sonnet 146) 4:00
13 Shall I compare thee (Sonnet 18) 2:59
 Anna Leese soprano
 Stephen De Pledge piano
  28 June 2011  
 

Gerontius Revisited

16:47  
14 'Pray for me…' 7:09
15 'I went to sleep…' 4:09
16 'Praise to the holiest… Alleluia…' 5:29
  Ben Hancox violin  
  Hannah Dawson violin  
  Robin Ashwell viola  
  Cara Berridge cello  
  21 January 2011  
17 

Fantasy on a Mastersong

5:09
  Lucy Gould violin  
  Alice Neary cello  
  Benjamin Frith piano  
  16 December 2011  


Champs Hill Records is delighted to release more great works by David Bowerman. Having only started writing music at the age of 65, these compositions are more reflective than futuristic. For this album, David draws on usic and literature that holds personal ties for him, and the result is a small medley of his thoughts.

The music on this album includes Gerontius Revisted, based on one of the greates choral works writtn by Elgar with the sublime words of Newman. Shakespeare Sonnets gives a new experience to Shakespeare’s sad but amazing writing. Fantasy on a Mastersong was created adter David was listening to a CD of Meistersinger on a distant beach, which gave him the urge to jot down extracts, setting them for a piano trio. The original pieces act as a springboard for Bowerman’s imagination, but he wishes to evoke them, not out-soar them.

A number of well-known artists and friend of Champs Hill appear on this album; Krysztof Chorzelsky, Emily Pailthrope, Stephen De Pledge, The Gould Piano Trio, The Sacconi Quartet and many more...

David’s previous albums A Fantasy Idyll and Favoured Fantasies have been met with critical acclaim: "In each of the pieces, a borrowed musical phrase here, a motivating meoldy there serves as a springboard from which Bowerman teases out and develops new ideas into self-sustaining, imaginative, original compositions." - Fanfare magazine - 2010

 "...the Fantasy on a Fugue of Elgar is gorgeous... the fugal sections for violin and oboe are very well written. This piece is lovely on its won ... Sound and playing are gorgeous and musical."

Stephen Estep - American Record Guide - November/December 2012




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