York Bowen – Chamber Works
– Phantasy Quintet for bass clarinet and strings
– Piano Trios
– Clarinet Sonata

Robert Plane, clarinet | Mia Cooper, violin | David Adams, viola | Gould Piano Trio

(CHAN 10805)

IRR Outstanding
”… the performances are impossible to fault, with total commitment and beauty of tone throughout. The casting is imaginative … This is in every way a collaborative venture, and one which is an invaluable addition to the Bowen discography.”
Nicholas Salwey – International Record Review – April 2014

“…the Gould Piano Trio and friends perform all this enticing repertoire with matchless understanding, and they have been afforded glowingly realistic sound by the Chandos production team. Not to be missed.”
Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – April 2014  

Performance ****      Recording ****
  “… The Gould Piano Trio, the outstanding clarinettist Robert Plane and their colleagues, well recorded, play with fine teamwork and a strong feeling for Bowen’s idiom…this is a valuable introduction to a formidably well equipped, if doggedly conservative, late Romantic composer.”
Anthony Burton – BBC Music magazine – April 2014

“… Wedded to tonality, the works on this gorgeous disc fall easily on the ear, its success largely residing on the Sheffield-born pianist, Benjamin Frith, the lynchpin of the Gould Piano Trio, and accompanist to Robert Plance in the Clarinet Sonata. There is passion, yearning and nostalgia and Alice Neary;s cello solos are so perfectly into the period idiom.”
David Denton – The Yorkshire Post – 21 February 2014

‘The superbly crafted and imaginative music of York Bowen is given lively and imaginative performances here by the Gould Piano Trio with clarinetist Robert Plane. This is a splendid disc…..with bass clarinetist Plane digging deep into the sound of his instrument to contrast with and compliment the four strings, creating tremendous atmosphere. They are, again, transcendent in their playing. If you have ever wondered about Bowen’s music but never previously taken the plunge, or if you have heard Bowen’s music previously and wondered what all the fuss was about, this is the disc that will “sell” you on it. Ten stars, easily.’
Fanfare USA July/ August 2014


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