In fact in the Ballade that Hough gives us here there is a clear and explicit reference to Chopin's own second Ballade, but that is a gesture of deference, a musical doffing of the cap, rather than any sign of direct stylistic influence.
By all accounts Bowen himself was a pretty formidable virtuoso of the piano, which is exactly what one would infer from the difficulty and obvious professionalism of his piano writing, which strikes me as far more skilful and adept than that of, say, his friend and contemporary Arnold Bax. It takes someone who is more than just the next virtuoso to handle it, and it presumably needs no saying by now that Stephen Hough is exceptional even by today's formidable virtuoso standards.
He is the complete professional, meaning that in the right sense, namely that he is sternly self-disciplined in everything he does. His technique is prodigious, but one could say that too of our late beloved Ogdon, who rivalled Hough in musical insight too but projected a very different persona and took a more autoschediastic approach. A lot of Ogdon's charm was that we never exactly knew where we were with him.
With Hough we have a much better idea of that. He is not precisely calculated to the nth degree as Michelangeli was, but n minus 1 might describe the effect - intellectual, calculated certainly, but calculated very accurately and with emotion and belief behind it. This is music that I find it difficult to imagine anyone disliking or being bored by now that it is back in official favour.
To me it is highly attractive stuff and quality stuff too. I could not help noticing that it seems to have attracted much more comment than other British music of the period that has interested me personally, music by Bax, Bliss and Rawsthorne for instance.
A great bonus and relief for me is that it is entirely innocent of contamination from what Constant Lambert well termed 'the cowpat school' of British music, and while it avoids modernism even to the modest extent that Walton went in for that it is music with integrity and consistency.
It has been a pleasure to me to make its acquaintance and the pleasure is one that I recommend in general. See all reviews. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: stephen hough. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Price. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Audible Download Audiobooks.
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Remember me on this computer. Cancel Forgot your password? York Bowen ; Stephen Hough. Piano music. Ballades Instrumental music Romances Music View all subjects. This present selection acts as a fine introduction and will hopefully encourage listeners who do not know this work to find and listen to the complete edition. My personal favourite of the set is No. The Partita is a another case in point — being written in However, from the first note to the last, this is a happy and fortuitous composition.
Despite the title suggesting that it is inspired by baroque music, there is nothing of the pastiche about this piece. In fact, the mood is romantic in almost every detail. World War II interrupted his career, and he served in the U.
He occasionally had to play around keys missing from the keyboards of the pianos at a couple of the more remote bases. He was discharged in as a staff sergeant and was awarded three Battle Stars. Pennario became the first pianist after the composer himself to record all four Rachmaninoff piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.Alternative Names/Transliterations: Edwin York Bowen, Edwin Yorke Bowen. Name in Other Languages: 约克·鲍文, 約克·鮑文, ヨーク・ボウエン, 요크 보웬, Боуэн, Йорк, یورک بوئن, ياورك بوين.