Bowen: String Quartet No. 2; String Quartet No. 3; Phantasy Quintet

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COMPOSERS: Bowen
LABELS: BMS
WORKS: String Quartet No. 2; String Quartet No. 3; Phantasy Quintet
PERFORMER: Archaeus Quartet; Timothy Lines (bass clarinet)
CATALOGUE NO: 426 CD
The two string quartets by the pianist-composer York Bowen, composed around the end of the First World War, apply a fluent late-Romantic idiom to textbook forms. The single movement and unusual scoring of the later Phantasy Quintet prompt greater originality. Spirited performances. Anthony Burton

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