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Bowles: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1 / Invencia Piano Duo


Release Date: 04/08/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559786   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul BowlesVirgil ThomsonLeonard Bernstein
Performer:  Andrey KasparovOksana Lutsyshyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Invencia Piano Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Celebrated for books such as The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles was one of a very select group of artists who excelled as both composer and writer. He was a distinctive and original composer and in the first of two CDs devoted to his piano works – both solo and duo – the music is grouped cyclically, stylistically or thematically. This selection includes works inspired by Latin American themes that are amongst his most atmospheric, as well as the blues-infused Six Preludes. The challenging but outstanding Sonata for Two Pianos is one of the best-kept secrets of American piano music. Also included are pieces written for Bowles by Leonard Bernstein and Virgil Thomson. Celebrated for books such as The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles was one of a very select group of artists who excelled as both composer and writer. He was a distinctive and original composer and in the first of two CDs devoted to his piano works – both solo and duo – the music is grouped cyclically, stylistically or thematically. This selection includes works inspired by Latin American themes that are amongst his most atmospheric, as well as the blues-infused Six Preludes. The challenging but outstanding Sonata for Two Pianos is one of the best-kept secrets of American piano music. Also included are pieces written for Bowles by Leonard Bernstein and Virgil Thomson. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Huapango no 1 for Piano by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Andrey Kasparov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937 
2.
Tierra Mojada by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Andrey Kasparov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947 
3.
Guayanilla by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Andrey Kasparov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933 
4.
Huapango no 2 by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Andrey Kasparov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937 
5.
Portrait of KMC by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
6.
Portrait of B.A.M. by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934 
7.
Portrait of 5 by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935 
8.
Souvenir: Paul Bowles, portrait for piano (Portraits, Album 3, No. 7) by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 05/02/1935 
9.
For Paul Bowles by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943 
10.
La Cuelga by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943 
11.
Constance Askew in the Garden by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Andrey Kasparov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935 
12.
Folk Preludes by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 
13.
Apotheosis (A Dance for Welland Lathrop) by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
14.
The Wind Remains: Dance by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
15.
Pastorella: El Indio by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Oksana Lutsyshyn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
16.
Preludes (6) for Piano by Paul Bowles
Performer:  Andrey Kasparov (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1945 ; USA 
17.
Mes de Mayo by Paul Bowles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Invencia Piano Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
18.
April fool baby by Paul Bowles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Invencia Piano Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
19.
Sleeping Song by Paul Bowles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Invencia Piano Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
20.
Sonata for 2 Pianos by Paul Bowles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Invencia Piano Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Appealing and engaging piano music April 3, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The music of Paul Bowles has never received anything close to the amount of attention his writings have, and I fear that even on the literary side his star is fading a bit since the brief flurry of interest around the release of Bernardo Bertolucci's film of The Sheltering Sky in 1990. (I couldn't believe it was that long ago; the film seems very fresh in my memory.) To test that theory I went to Google Trends, and things are indeed trending down for Bowles. There's some good news, though, in Related Searches, with "Paul Bowles - Composer" on top. This new CD, due to be released in April 2016, and its companion volume 2 due later this year, should put a small boost in the reputation of Bowles' music, which certainly deserves much more attention. The excellent Invencia Piano Duo, who I know from the excellent Grand Piano series of duo piano music by Florent Schmitt, are Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn. The two divide the pieces between them, and play together in arrangements of songs for four hands, and in Bowles' most important piano work, the Sonata for Two Pianos. The highlight in the Sonata is the middle Molto tranquillo movement which maintains a careful balance between shifting atmospherics, hinting at various American popular styles as Bowles quite often does, and a more serious, deeper, darker sense of dread and foreboding. Other than this the disc is taken up by shorter and less substantial works, many of which are character-pieces in the style of Schumann or Granados or Ravel; folk-like impressions like Villa-Lobos's Guia pratico or Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances; or actual arrangements by Bowles of American and Latin American folk songs. Some are short portraits of his fellow composers Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions, George Antheil, Israel Citkowitz and Leonard Bernstein. Included in the program are two tributes to Bowles: by Bernstein and Thomson. These are all charming. Bowles also paints musical pictures of his friends Bruce Morrissette from America and Paris, Constance Askew from New York, and Kay Cowen from Paris and Morocco. It was Cowen who introduced Bowles to the poet Tristan Tzara. The sum of all this is greater than its parts. It adds up to an appealing picture of an engaging and subtle mind drawing sharply-etched musical pictures. I'm looking forward to the next volume!" Report Abuse
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