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Tavener: Mandelion; Part, Ferneyhough, Etc / Kevin Bowyer


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5580   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Brian FerneyhoughWilfrid MellersJanet GrahamJames Iliff,   ... 
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Contemporary organ music is a rather specialized field, but it still lives on. The eclectic program performed by Kevin Bowyer includes six world premier recordings, proving the art is alive and well.
Mandelion, as name for both the album and the introductory composition by John Tavener, is wholly appropriate, as it considers the changing face of organ music. Tavener's composition is more liturgical in concept (referring to the changing images of Christ through history), but it illustrates well how dramatically the use of the instrument has changed over the centuries.
The power of the new Marcussen organ at Tonbridge's Chapel of St. Augustine is evident throughout the collection, notably in Patrick Gowers' Toccata and Fugue, which
Read more accentuates both the furious energy and serenity of the instrument's tone.
Bower brings out the personality in each of these disparate pieces, the technique he honed as one of Britain's leading Bach performers serving him well. His command over the keyboard suggests many more exceptional recordings are still to come. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sieben Sterne by Brian Ferneyhough
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Opus alchymicum by Wilfrid Mellers
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Pieces (3) for Organ by Janet Graham
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Trio for Organ by James Iliff
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960s 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Toccata for Organ by Patrick Gowers
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Patrick Gowers' "Fugue for Organ." 
6.
Fugue for Organ by Patrick Gowers
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Patrck Gowers' "Toccata for Organ." 
7.
The Seven Last Words by Alan Ridout
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8.
Pari Intervallo by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976/1980; Estonia 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1980 
9.
Arched Forms with Bells by Diana Burrell
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 4 Secs. 
10.
Mandelion by John Tavener
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Date of Recording: 07/1998 
Venue:  Tonbridge School, Kent, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Mandelion
Sieben Sterne
Opus Alchymicum: Melanosis: Circumambulatio: Regio Nymphididica
Opus Alchymicum: Melanosis: Circumambulatio: Sol Niger: calcinato
Opus Alchymicum: Melanosis: Circumambulatio: Succus Lunariae
Opus Alchymicum: Luekosis: Temenos: Fons Mercurialis
Opus Alchymicum: Luekosis: Temenos: Acetum Fontis
Opus Alchymicum: Luekosis: Temenos: Cauda Pavonis: conjunctio solis et lunae
Opus Alchymicum: Iosis: Imago Lapidis: Solificatio
Opus Alchymicum: Iosis: Imago Lapidis: Aqua Nostra, Secretus Ignis
Opus Alchymicum: Iosis: Imago Lapidis: Illuminatio
Three Pieces for Organ: Prelude
Three Pieces for Organ: Lament
Three Pieces for Organ: Toccata
Trio for Organ
Toccata & Fugue
The Seven Last Words: Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do
The Seven Last Words: Woman, behold thy son... Behold thy mother
The Seven Last Words: My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?
The Seven Last Words: Verily I say unto thee: Today shalt thou be with me in paradise
The Seven Last Words: I thirst
The Seven Last Words: It is finished
The Seven Last Words: Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit
Pari Intervallo
Arched Forms with Bells

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