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A FANTASY IDYLL
David Bowerman

 

 

 
1. Bowerman, David [1:43]
Fanfare

2. Bowerman, David [5:32]
Improvisation on Little Cornard

3. Bowerman, David [5:58]
Spiritual Fantasy

4. Bowerman, David [2;15]
Two Shakespeare Settings: I Know a Bank

5. Bowerman, David [3:03]
Two Shakespeare Settings: Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day?

6. Bowerman, David [2:12]
An Equal Music

7. Bowerman, David [5:34]
An Island Fantasy

8. Bowerman, David [6:46]
Promenade

9. Bowerman, David [3:10]
Choral Prélude on the Old 100th

10. Bowerman, David [2:46]
O Sleep O Gentle Sleep

11. Bowerman, David [4:34]
Snowflake

12. Bowerman, David [04:36]
Nocturne

13. Bowerman, David [6:11]
Remembering Jacqueline

14. Bowerman, David [4:45]
The Three Seasons Fantasy: Indian Summer

15. Bowerman, David [5:43]
Three Seasons Fantasy: Arctic Winter

16. Bowerman, David [3:47]
Three Seasons Fantasy: Spring Fantasy

17. Bowerman, David [5:12]
Improvisation on Guiting Power

Artist(s):
David Bowerman, composer
Daniel Pailthorpe, Flute
Emily Pailthorpe, Oboe

works by David Bowerman

The third CD from new English composer David Bowerman, this CD further explores his love of song and his natural affinity for the organ, as well as including chamber works for string and wind instruments.

The chamber works were all recorded  in the inspirational surroundings of the Music Room at Champs Hill, where many of the works were written - including several settings of Shakespeare plus other songs, sung by close friend Dame Felicity Lott and rising star mezzo-soprano, Anna Leese. The Fanfare was commissioned for the 900th Anniversary of Chichester Cathedral, and recorded there, with the other three organ Preludes and Improvisations being recorded on the prestigious organ at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

Other performers on this disc include Ittai Shapira (violin) with Jakob Fichert, the Gould Trio, Alice Neary (�cello) with Benjamin Frith, and Daniel & Emily Pailthorpe of the London Conchord Ensemble.

The 72 minutes of music on this new CD include:
Improvisation on �Guiting Power� (Andrew Earis, organ)
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer�s Day? (Anna Leese, mezzo-soprano)
Promenade (Alice Neary, �cello)
Spiritual Fantasy (the Gould Trio)
Remembering Jacqueline (Ittai Shapira, violin)
O Sleep, O Gentle Sleep (Dame Felicity Lott, soprano)


 

 


[1] FANFARE
Adrian Woodward, Claire Helsdon, Katie Hodges (trumpets), Mark Wardell (organ)
recorded in Chichester Cathedral, January 2008
The Chichester Cathedral Flower Festival happens every other year and this was written for the 2008 opening. It was also the 50th anniversary of the passing of Bishop Bell of Chichester; so with the aid of 3 trumpeters and the magnificent Cathedral organ, the tune �Vulpius' (usually sung to words by the late Bishop Bell, �Christ is the King' ) was woven into the composition.

[2] IMPROVISATION ON �LITTLE CORNARD�
Dr. Andrew Earis (organ)
recorded on the organ of St. Martin in the Fields, London, July 2009
An improvisation on the hymn tune �Little Cornard', better known as �Hills of the North Rejoice'.

[3] SPIRITUAL FANTASY
The Gould Trio: Lucy Gould (violin), Alice Neary (cello), Ben Frith (piano)
recorded at Champs Hill, July 2007
The word �spiritual' is somewhat misleading here. This piece is a medley of melodies that were known as �Negro Spirituals'. These tunes are immortal and reflect a darker past when African slaves expressed their fears, and their hopes in God who would one day deliver them from slavery.

[4-5] TWO SHAKESPEARE SETTINGS
Anna Leese (mezzo-soprano), Stephen De Pledge (piano)
recorded at Champs Hill, July 2009
Track four of this CD is a setting of words from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, �I know a bank whereon the wild thyme grows�, and it is followed by another Shakespeare setting �Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?� from Sonnet 18.

[6] AN EQUAL MUSIC
Anna Leese (mezzo-soprano), Stephen De Pledge (piano)
recorded at Champs Hill, July 2009
The words here were written by John Donne, and this setting was originally written for a local choir (Sounds Sacred); the temptation to rewrite it for solo voice was impossible to deny.

[7] AN ISLAND FANTASY
Diana Galvydyte (violin), Jakob Fichert (piano)
recorded at Champs Hill, August 2009
The Island of Antigua is an eternal source of inspiration; just listening to the waves crashing in on the beach, the quietness before the next one, the little eddies and the occasional stream that finds its way into the mighty ocean... these were the sounds which conceived this piece.
 
[8] PROMENADE
Alice Neary (cello), Benjamin Frith (piano)
recorded at Champs Hill, May 2009
A little walk around the park, and back again... and again.

[9] CHORALE PRÉLUDE ON THE OLD 100TH
Dr. Andrew Earis (organ)
recorded on the organ of St. Martin in the Fields, London, July 2009
A Chorale Prélude written on the well-known and recognisable tune, Old 100th.
 
[10] [11] TWO SONGS
Dame Felicity Lott (soprano) and Graham Johnson (piano)
recorded at the Royal Academy of Music, December 2007
All good thoughts come at lunchtime, so when Felicity agreed that I should write a song for her, the challenge was irresistable. She sent me the words of Longfellow's Snowflake [10], and I took the liberty of taking some words from Shakespeare'sHenry IV, part 2; O Sleep, O Gentle Sleep [11]. Receiving the CD of these songs in the post at Christmas, 2007, was the nicest present anyone could receive.
 
[12] NOCTURNE
Alice Neary (cello), Benjamin Frith (piano)
recorded at Champs Hill, March 2009
Peaceful thoughts as the sun goes down.

[13] REMEMBERING JACQUELINE
Ittai Shapira (violin), Jakob Fichert (piano)
recorded at a live concert at Champs Hill, October 2007
The sudden death of Jaqueline Golden was a tragedy that hit all who knew her, and a concert was held at Champs Hill in her memory. This piece was recorded live at that concert and is based on �Avinu Malkenu', a canticle from �Morning Service for the Day of Memorial' Our father, Our King, be gracious unto us, for we are unworthy. Deal with us charitably and with loving kindness,and save us.

THE THREE SEASONS FANTASY
Daniel Pailthorpe (flute), Emily Pailthorpe (oboe), Jakob Fichert (piano)
recorded at Champs Hill, January 2009
This was, of course intended to be four seasons, but in 2008, summer never came, so three it had to be.

[14] INDIAN SUMMER
[15] ARCTIC WINTER
[16] SPRING FANTASY

 
[17] IMPROVISATION ON �GUITING POWER�
Dr. Andrew Earis (organ)
recorded on the organ of St. Martin in the Fields, London, July 2009
An improvisation on the hymn tune �Guiting Power', usually sung to the words of Christ Triumphant.


“all of these are assured works, and Bowerman – and the artists who have played so well on this disc – must be commended for his efforts.”
“This disc proves that he is also a decent composer, with an ability to turn out works that are interesting and pleasant on the ear. “
Em Marshall, MusicWeb International

   
   

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