In this second installment of Invencia’s 2-CD release by Naxos Records, Invencia is delighted to continue its exploration of unknown masterworks for solo and duo piano, through the works of Paul Bowles.
Volume 2 includes two groups of arrangements: Blue Mountain Ballads (1946), set for piano duet by Dr. Andrey Kasparov, and three pieces set for two pianos by the prominent American piano duo of Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale.
The latter three arrangements were found by Dr. Kasparov in the Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale Collection, held in the Peter Jay Sharp Special Collections, Lila Acheson Wallace Library, The Juilliard School. Subsequently, Dr. Kasparov deciphered and reconstructed the aforementioned manuscripts, which allowed the duets to be recorded for the very first time.
Also featured is Night Waltz, distinguished by its poly-metric counterpoint and cornucopia of musical ideas. These thoughts flow freely, uninterrupted by cadences. Attentive listeners may also perceive that the piece was composed after Bowles had settled in Morocco: exotic scale patterns of the Middle East at times seep through the dense texture of the work. The composer’s talent is evident in this work from 1949, the first track on Invencia’s second CD of solo and duo piano compositions by Paul Bowles.