Bowen - String Quartets Nos 2 & 3, Phantasy-Quintet | Naxos 8571366

Bowen - String Quartets Nos 2 & 3, Phantasy-Quintet


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8571366

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 28th July 2014



Described by Saint-SaŽns as Ďthe most remarkable of the young British composersí, York Bowen was widely known as a pianist and as a composer, his fame reaching its zenith in the years immediately preceding the First World War.

The writer and composer Thomas Dunhill described Bowenís chamber music as Ďan essentially healthy and breezy phase in modern artí. This description aptly applies to the Second Quartet, which won the 1922 Carnegie Trust Award, and while both quartets are based on clear-cut classical models, the Third Quartet is more elusive and intimate in feeling, revealing the composerís rarely displayed private side.

The atmospheric Phantasy-Quintet provides a rare opportunity to hear the beauty of the bass clarinet in a truly eloquent and expressive soloist capacity.

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