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York Bowen, Vol. 4: Partita - Third Suite - Three Novelettes

Joop Celis

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Partita, Op. 156  
1
I. Prelude. Moderato
York Bowen; Joop Celis
1:42
2
II. Gavotte. Allegretto grazioso
York Bowen; Joop Celis
1:39
3
III. Sarabande. Andante tranquillo
York Bowen; Joop Celis
2:48
4
IV. Minuet. Allegretto grazioso
York Bowen; Joop Celis
1:16
5
V. Gigue. Allegro vivace
York Bowen; Joop Celis
2:08
Suite for Piano No. 4, Op. 39, "Suite Mignonne"  
6
I. Prelude. Moderato
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:15
7
II. Valse. Un poco sostenuto
York Bowen; Joop Celis
2:35
8
III. Moto perpetuo (Finale). Veloce e leggiero
York Bowen; Joop Celis
2:45
Suite for Piano No. 3, op. 38  
9
I. Allegro. Allegro con spirito
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:31
10
II. Intermezzo. Andante cantabile
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:11
11
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivo
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:31
12
IV. Valse-rêverie. Poco lento e rubato
York Bowen; Joop Celis
2:24
13
V. Toccata (Finale). Allegro vivo (ma non troppo)
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:51
3 Sketches for Piano, Op. 43  
14
I. Andante con moto
York Bowen; Joop Celis
2:52
15
II. Andantino grazioso
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:15
16
III. Andante semplice
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:55
Piano Sonatina in C Major, Op. 144  
17
I. Allegro e semplice
York Bowen; Joop Celis
4:06
18
II. Andante espressivo
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:12
19
III. Finale. Allegro assai e giocoso
York Bowen; Joop Celis
2:58
3 Novelettes, Op. 124  
20
No. 1. Andantino grazioso
York Bowen; Joop Celis
4:14
21
No. 2. Allegro maestoso - Largamente - Animato
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:27
22
No. 3. Andantino espressivo - Ben sostenuto - A tempo
York Bowen; Joop Celis
3:38
23
Polonaise in F Sharp Major, Op. 26, No. 2
York Bowen; Joop Celis
10:03
24
A Whim, Op. 19, No. 2
York Bowen; Joop Celis
2:27
Total Playing Time    78:43
“Celis’s performances are scintillating. That can be said for all his playing on this recording. He dispatches the heroic and virtuosic with ease, yet his playing displays a great sensitivity to the more romantic side of Bowen’s music.”
- Peter Marchbank, International Record Review

“Why such gratifying music has lain unplayed for so long is a mystery... The cherry on the top throughout is the wonderful playing of Joop Celis, a Dutchman completely in tune with Bowen's idiom, incapable of making an ugly sound....”
- Jeremy Nicolas, Gramophone

Dutch pianist Joop Celis presents the fourth volume of his series on the piano music of British performer and composer York Bowen. Bringing together several suites, a polonaise, a sonatina, and other works large and small, this release shows the variety inherent in York's compositions for the piano, with works from both the pre-war era and the 1950s, all performed with sumptuousness virtuosity.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded at Willem Hijstek Zaal, Maastricht Conservatory, The Netherlands
Produced by Bert van Dijk
Engineer Assistant: Christianne Celis

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