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Bowen, Reizenstein: Piano Music / York Bowen, Franz Reizenstein


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Lyrita   Catalog #: 2105   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  York BowenFranz Reizenstein
Performer:  York BowenFranz Reizenstein
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Reizenstein was born in Nuremberg but fled from Hitler's regime in 1933. He came to England to study with Vaughan Williams. His music shows that he was no RVW epigone. His powerful yet far from effusive style is more akin to that of his other teacher Hindemith … and to Rawsthorne. The Sonata is dedicated to William Walton. The 1949 Legend is reserved with a touch of Ravel about it. The Scherzo Fantastique is a parade of fantasticks. These together with the Impromptu and Scherzo make for an entertaining insight into Reizenstein's mercurial creative imagination.

Since 2000 York Bowen has begun to emerge from an oblivion that I had thought irreversible. Lyrita have recorded his Horn Concerto and Chandos, Dutton, Hyperion
Read more and ClassicO have wrought wonders. Most of his concertos have been recorded and very soon we will hear his grand Fourth Piano Concerto from Hyperion and Danny Driver. It is a remarkable thing that Richard Itter recorded the composer even if it was towards the end of Bowen’s life when neglect must have seemed the end of all things. We hear ten of the cycle of 24 perfectly weighted Preludes. This sequence was held in supreme esteem by that most demanding of masters - Sorabji. They are not however as dense as Sorabji's profusely stratified writing. In fact clarity is evidently Bowen's watchword. They are fantastic, flighty and far from academic and the final one (tr. 6) makes a suitably grand peroration in the manner of a Rachmaninov Etude-Tableau. It reminds us, as does No. 7, that Bowen might by some be counted as the English Rachmaninov. He vies for that honour with the still grievously unknown piano music of Roger Sacheverell Coke. You can hear the same melancholy accent in Prelude No. 20 (tr.10). The Partita is tricked out with the usual sequence of baroque movement titles but Bowen does not take the antique style adopted by Benjamin in Cotillon. Each of the five movements is suffused with florid romantic spirit although in the final gigue the antique weave shows through. The little Berceuse is serenely Gallic and imbued with peace. The Moto Perpetuo is the third movement of the Suite Mignonne and again it sweepingly doffs its hat to Sergei. The rushing gale of Toccata shows Bowen to have been a phenomenal pianist even at the age of 76. The listener is left breathless - now this is something that would transcribe well for the pianola."

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Piano, Op. 156 by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
2.
Berceuse for Piano in D major, Op. 83 by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
3.
Suite Mignonne, Op. 39: 3rd movement, Moto perpetuo by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
4.
Toccata for Piano, Op. 155 by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 1 in B major, Op. 19 by Franz Reizenstein
Performer:  Franz Reizenstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
Length: 26 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
6.
Legend for Piano, Op. 24 by Franz Reizenstein
Performer:  Franz Reizenstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
7.
Scherzo fantastique for Piano, Op. 26 by Franz Reizenstein
Performer:  Franz Reizenstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
8.
Scherzo for Piano in A major, Op. 21 by Franz Reizenstein
Performer:  Franz Reizenstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
9.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 1 in C major by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
10.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 2 in C major by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
11.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 15 in G major by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
12.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 16 in G minor by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
13.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 10 in E minor by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
14.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 24 in B minor by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
15.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 19 in A major by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
16.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 20 in A minor by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
17.
Impromptu for Piano in F major, Op. 14 by Franz Reizenstein
Performer:  Franz Reizenstein (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
18.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 7 in E flat major by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 
19.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 102: no 8 in E flat minor by York Bowen
Performer:  York Bowen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Richard Itter.
Audio Producer: Richard Itter. 

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