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The Bridge Duo’s warmly received recital disc of English Music for Viola (8572579) is joined here by a programme of York Bowen’s brilliant pieces for viola and piano. This new recording will provide fresh impetus to these relatively under-represented masterpieces.
Matthew Jones is violist of the Bridge Duo (with pianist Michael Hampton), and a professor at Trinity College of Music, Royal Welsh College and Charterhouse International Music Festival. He has given masterclasses around the world.
Edwin York Bowen: Viola Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op. 18
I. Allegro moderato
II. Poco lento e cantabile
Edwin York Bowen: Phantasy, Op. 54
Phantasy, Op. 54
Edwin York Bowen: Viola Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 22
I. Allegro assai
III. Finale: Allegro giocoso
“both works provide a refreshing and varied sequence to the Brahms viola sonatas with which they are in many ways unjustly compared. Bowen's effulgent and often suave harmonic language is at once more opulent and extrovert...Matthew Jones and Michael Hampton's enthusiastic and sympathetic performances bring out this aspect of Bowen's style in spades”
“The Bridge Duo prove to be absolutely first rate advocates both technically and stylistically. Jones has a slightly leaner and more agile tone than some violists which suits the febrile mood of the music well and he is well partnered by pianist Michael Hampton.”