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 Post subject: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:23 pm 
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This is a nice little three-pager by York Bowen. It's part of a set called "3 Serious Dances". I think it's very pretty. It has gorgeous and lush harmonies with a touch of melancholy (which I love!). And it's not fussy. It's just one of those pieces that makes my mind wander when I play it. Like I start to think of someone and a romantic scenario plays out in my imagination. Hope it sounds okay... :)

Bowen - Three Serious Dances, Op. 51, no. 2 "Poco Lento""

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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That is indeed a whole lot of pretty in a small container :)
A little Rachmaninoff, a little Puccini... I thought for a moment there was going to be an out-and-out quote of that famous aria from Madama Butterfly, but not quite.
Very well played, too.


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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:47 pm 
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Thank you, Heather!

And I like what you said here...."That is indeed a whole lot of pretty in a small container"
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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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Good to have some (more) Bowen on the site. He was a marvellous piano composer whose output should be much better known. Sometimes called the "English Medtner", his music is much more accessible than Medtner's, and of course there is more than a whiff of Rachmaninov. The virtually unknown Dutch pianist Joop Celis is recording much of Bowen's work for the Chandos label, in performances that leave nothing to be desired - pianism almost in the Hamelin class.

This is a good choice, a luscious, nostalgic and affectionate piece. Excellently played.

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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techneut wrote:
Good to have some (more) Bowen on the site. He was a marvellous piano composer whose output should be much better known. Sometimes called the "English Medtner", his music is much more accessible than Medtner's, and of course there is more than a whiff of Rachmaninov. The virtually unknown Dutch pianist Joop Celis is recording much of Bowen's work for the Chandos label, in performances that leave nothing to be desired - pianism almost in the Hamelin class.

This is a good choice, a luscious, nostalgic and affectionate piece. Excellently played.


Thank you! I thought I was introducing the first Bowen music to the site, but then I discovered you had already done so. I wasn't surprised.... :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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I had great plans with Bowen at the time... but as usual got distracted. I seem to have all the focus of a 5-year old in a sweet shop :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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techneut wrote:
I had great plans with Bowen at the time... but as usual got distracted. I seem to have all the focus of a 5-year old in a sweet shop :lol:


Really? I hadn't noticed.... :P

But you know our 'rule' about bios. Can you maybe just make a short one for Bowen so we can get rid of the jibberish that is there now?

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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pianolady wrote:
But you know our 'rule' about bios.

Yeah I know it well, and am probably the one violating it most. I have a lot of work to do :roll:

pianolady wrote:
Can you maybe just make a short one for Bowen so we can get rid of the jibberish that is there now?

S'pose so . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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How about if I take my crappy little Bowen recording off site ? Then you have to make the bio :!: :P

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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Great job! Hard to say what this reminds me of; I listened to it once seriously then as background a few more times to try to come up with a comparison, but nada. Just very beautiful.

What a great flurry of recordings we have suddenly.

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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techneut wrote:
How about if I take my crappy little Bowen recording off site ? Then you have to make the bio :!: :P

Haha…nice try. Didn’t you get the memo? I’ll remind you…the NEW rule is: Whoever submits music by a new composer has to write a composer bio for the site. Even if that person later decides to take down their recordings in an effort to get out of doing the task. :P

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Great job! Hard to say what this reminds me of; I listened to it once seriously then as background a few more times to try to come up with a comparison, but nada. Just very beautiful.

What a great flurry of recordings we have suddenly.
Seriously, Stu? Hahaha...get it? (it's a Serious Dance). But seriously, thank you! :) How about some new recordings from you now?!

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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pianolady wrote:
Didn’t you get the memo? I’ll remind you…the NEW rule is: Whoever submits music by a new composer has to write a composer bio for the site. Even if that person later decides to take down their recordings in an effort to get out of doing the task. :P
A memo... ? I know nothing about it :P I'll submit a new rule saying that the rules do not apply to admins. Get Raymond to review that one :lol: :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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StuKautsch wrote:
What a great flurry of recordings we have suddenly.

Yeah, it's like the weather isn't it !? Months of drought and then all of a sudden it's raining you off your socks.

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
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Monica,

This is a wonderful recording, never heard a recording of Bowen before this one. Amazing how good a simple progression of chords sound with a little variation here and there. It has a bittersweet feeling to it IMO that is rarely pulled off successfully by composers, so to speak.

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:43 pm 
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pianoman342 wrote:
Monica,

This is a wonderful recording, never heard a recording of Bowen before this one. Amazing how good a simple progression of chords sound with a little variation here and there. It has a bittersweet feeling to it IMO that is rarely pulled off successfully by composers, so to speak.

Thank you, Riley. :) This piece sounds a little like Poulenc to me--another one good at bittersweet...

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