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York Bowen: 24 Preludes, Suite Mignonne, Berceuse, Barcarolle / Ortiz

Ortiz
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Grand Piano   Catalog #: 637   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  York Bowen
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BOWEN 24 Preludes. Berceuse in D. Piano Suite No. 2: III. Barcarolle. Piano Suite No. 4, “Suite Mignonne” Cristina Ortiz (pn) GRAND PIANO 637 (69:20)


Following on the heels of Joop Celis’s marvelous set of the complete piano music of York Bowen (Chandos 10774) is this equally fine single disc of the preludes, berceuse, “Suite Mignonne” and the barcarolle from the Piano Suite No. 2 by Read more Cristina Ortiz. She, like Celis, has the full measure of Bowen’s style down pat; she is an outstanding musician and evidently enjoys playing his pieces. Ortiz is perhaps a shade more atmospheric at times, for instance in the Third Prelude ( Andante grazioso ), but the difference is like splitting hairs. Both are excellent, and both convey the music eloquently.


The question then comes to whether or not you should acquire this disc. If you don’t have or can’t afford the Celis set, most certainly you should. Ortiz does herself proud with these fine readings, but if you already went out and got the Celis set, the only reason to add this disc would be for some very slight differences of interpretation and (to my ears, anyway) clearer and crisper sound. The choice is yours.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102 by York Bowen
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
2.
Berceuse for Piano in D major, Op. 83 by York Bowen
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
3.
Suite Mignonne, Op. 39 by York Bowen
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
4.
Suite for Piano no 2, Op. 30: III. Barcarolle by York Bowen
Performer:  Cristina Ortiz (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

Sound Samples

24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 1 in C Major: Moderato appassionato
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 2 in C Minor: Andante tranquillo
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 3 in D-Flat Major: Andante grazioso
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor: Allegro con fuoco
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 5 in D Major: Allegro risoluto
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 6 in D Minor: Andante con moto
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 7 in E-Flat Major: Andantino amabile
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 8 in E-Flat Minor: Poco lento, serioso
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 9 in E Major: Allegro risoluto e ritmico
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 10 in E Minor: Moderato, a capriccio
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 11 in F Major: Andante con moto e grazioso
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 12 in F Minor: Allegro con fuoco
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 13 in G-Flat Major: Andante tranquillo
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor: Allegretto scherzando
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 15 in G Major: Allegretto grazioso
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 16 in G Minor: Moderato semplice
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major: Andante molto espressivo
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor: Allegro con fuoco
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 19 in A Major: Andantino con moto
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 20 in A Minor: Allegro con fuoco
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major: Andante piacevole
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 22 in B-Flat Minor: Allegro molto e con fuoco
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 23 in B Major: Andante con moto
24 Preludes, Op. 102: Prelude No. 24 in B Minor: Moderato serioso e tragico
Berceuse in D Major, Op. 83
Suite for Piano No. 2, Op. 30: III. Barcarolle
Suite for Piano No. 4, Op. 39, "Suite Mignonne": I. Prelude: Moderato
Suite for Piano No. 4, Op. 39, "Suite Mignonne": II. Valse: Un poco sostenuto
Suite for Piano No. 4, Op. 39, "Suite Mignonne": III. Finale: Moto perpetuo - Veloce e leggiero

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