Sonata No.2 in E minor for two pianos op.107 (1941)
Two Pieces for two pianos op.106 (1939)
Waltz in C for two pianos op.108 (1941)
First Rhapsody for solo piano op.8 (1902)MD
Theme and Variations for two pianos op.139 (1951) edited by Stephen Hough
John Reid and Michael Dussek (pianos) except MDMichael Dussek (solo piano)
World premiere recordings
Recorded at Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, 7-9 August 2008
Dutton Epoch’s expansive York Bowen series continues with the two-piano music in a cheering and invigorating programme, brilliantly played by Michael Dussek and John Reid. Even more than the solo piano music, York Bowen’s writing for two pianos in the Second Sonata, the Theme and Variations and three concert encores is powerful and rewarding. To complete the programme Michael Dussek also plays a solo encore, the heart-on-sleeve Rhapsody Op.8, which is terrific, barnstorming young man’s music. This is a cracker of a programme!
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