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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:29 pm 
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oh, Monica!

such a nice piece!
I didn't know it before!

thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:54 pm 
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luissarro wrote:
oh, Monica!

such a nice piece!
I didn't know it before!

thanks!



:) I like it too! Thank you for listening, Luis! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:58 am 
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Hi Monica,

First time I've heard this piece, but I really enjoyed your playing of it. You have a very good sense for this music and play it very convincingly in my opinion.

Bowen in his day was called the "British Rachmaninov". So I was listening to the composition using that framework. Certainly there were some fresh harmonies there and turns of phrase, but I couldn't help thinking that Rachmaninov would have made those progressions even more lush and poignant. Maybe this is to say that Rachmaninoff had no equal. So was I perhaps expecting too much of Bowen? Then again, to be fair, maybe I should hear more of his piano music before drawing any conclusion.

David

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 Post subject: Re: Bowen - Serious Dance no. 2
PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:07 pm 
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Thank you, David! I heard someone talking about this piece on Facebook and got interested. I'm glad I printed it out because it's so nice!! Besides what I read about Bowen when I submitted my recording, I also listened to a recording of him playing Chopin. He was a good pianist! His playing on the Ballade no. 3 has a few slips, but he sure doesn't lack in overall skill!! There's a spot in the recording between 4:24 and 4:33...his left hand...that really amazes me!!

Here is the youtube video if anyone is interested....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6wt0o0 ... 4235F3C71B

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