YORK BOWEN (1884-1961): String Quartets No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 41 and No. 3 in G, Op. 46b, Phantasy-Quintet for Bass Clarinet and String Quartet.
Catalogue Number: 08Q050
Format: CD reissue
Description: Bowen's only two extant quartets appear to have been written about the same time, 1919-20, and both share the composer's characteristic romanticism tinged with impressionism, his themes being direct and diatonic and worked out in true classical style. A slight sentimentality in his melodies is offset by a constant rhythmic vitality and all of these virtues are contained in the 1932 (?) Phantasy which derives from the Cobbett competitions and folds three movements into a single, unbroken 15-minute piece (which may also be the only work for solo bass clarinet in existence). Timothy Lines (bass clarinet), Archaeus Quartet. Original 2002 British Music Society release (05D051).