YORK BOWEN (1884-1961): Complete Works for Viola and Piano - Sonatas No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 18 and No. 2 in F, Op. 22, Romances in D Flat and in A, Rhapsody in G Minor, Phantasy in F, Op. 74, Allegro de concert, Melody for the C String, Op. 51/2, Melody for the G string, Op. 47, Fantasia for 4 Violas, Op. 41/1, BEETHOVEN/BOWEN: Adagio sostenuto from Piano Sonata in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" (viola obbligato by Bowen, compl. & ed. Lawrence Power).
Catalogue Number: 07K074
Reference: CDA 67651/2
Description: With the exception of the very late (1955) Rhapsody, all of these works were written between 1900 and 1918 and, with the exception of the Beethoven "duet" arrangement (which may be a student work), all were written for or inspired by Lionel Tertis. Bowen was Tertis' regular accompanist for most of this period and played the viola himself as well as the piano, for which he was best-known. Needless to say, attractive melody flows pretty endlessly throughout although it also helps make a mockery of the idiotic "the English Rachmaninov" tag still attached these days to Bowen, whose music hasn't any of the true, black Slavonic melancholy of a real Russian. 2 CDs. Lawrence Power (viola), Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano), Philip Dukes, James Boyd, Scott Dickinson (violas, Op. 41/1).