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on 28 February 2012
In a world of Penguin Guides where people live to find out what the perfect number one recording of a particular piece is we lose the forest for the supposed TREE. Of course the Tree doesn't ever really exist. Is Karajan's Mahler 9 really the one recording to own of that work?? Are either Otto Klemperer's Brahms Requiem or Furtwangler's Tristan the recordings of record?? God, I hope not! You would be sorely missing out of extraordinary music making by so many amazing and gifted people. An obvious statement of course. Most classical collectors own many recordings of their favorite works but often they pick up the high profile releases only. This is one of those recordings that could easily get lost. It is not on one of the Major Labels, DG, EMI or what have you. Thomas Bowes does not have a name that is regularly seen in bright lights despite his brilliance. I put this recording in and was instantly drawn into Walton's world but, more importantly, got the distinct sense that Bowes was invested in this music in a deeply emotional way. The playing sounded as if he had been waiting a long time to make this recording, to put his feelings about this music down for all time. His playing in the highest range is so secure and rich and full of life. His intensity of feeling and dedication is palpable and wondrous. I feel in love with the Walton like never before. What a remarkable piece of music, truly the equal of the Britten I feel. Just amazing music. The Barber is also beautifully played. Bowes is a musician of great depth and emotion and astounding ability. A master. This is a must hear. I urge you to check this recording out. Bravo! Well done.
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