Radiance

April 7, 2015

Award-winning trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden brings her brilliant and nuanced versatility to her debut album, Radiance. The album features Bowden’s interpretations of compositions written by some of the most innovative modern American composers, highlighting her signature sound and the diverse, colorful range of the classical trumpet. A classical trumpeter and Yamaha Performing Artist, Mary Elizabeth Bowden has emerged as a brilliant young soloist and is highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity, as well as the clarity, purity, and power of her sound.

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Radiance

Award-winning trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden brings her brilliant and nuanced versatility to her debut album, Radiance. The album features Bowden’s interpretations of compositions written by some of the most innovative modern American composers, highlighting her signature sound and the diverse, colorful range of the classical trumpet. A classical trumpeter and Yamaha Performing Artist, Mary Elizabeth Bowden has emerged as a brilliant young soloist and is highly regarded for her artistry and virtuosity, as well as the clarity, purity, and power of her sound.

Featured Artists
Mary Elizabeth Bowden: trumpet
Alexandra Carlson: piano
Milana Strezeva: piano
Zenas Kim-Banther: trombone
David Bilger: trumpet
Mercedes Smith: flute

TRACKLIST

  1. Escapade
  2. Three Songs Op. 10: 1. Rain Has Fallen
  3. Three Songs Op. 10: 2. Sleep Now
  4. Three Songs Op. 10: 3. I Hear an Army
  5. Radiance for Piccolo Trumpet and Strings
  6. Fandango for Trumpet, Trombone, and Piano
  7. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: 1. Allegro
  8. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: 2. Hypnotic
  9. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano: 3. Frenetic and Frenzied
  10. Totem Voices for Trumpet and Piano: 1. Snowy Wolf
  11. Totem Voices for Trumpet and Piano: 2. Beluga
  12. Totem Voices for Trumpet and Piano: 3. Mosquito
  13. Totem Voices for Trumpet and Piano: 4. Whale / Thunderbird
  14. Arabesque for Two Trumpets and Piano
  15. "Croatian" Trio for Trumpet, Flute, and Piano: 1. Dances for Insecure Nobility
  16. "Croatian" Trio for Trumpet, Flute, and Piano: 2. Ruby
  17. "Croatian" Trio for Trumpet, Flute, and Piano: 3. No Re-morse

“There’s something about Mary Elizabeth Bowden and her ability on the trumpet – a fluid sense of light and dark, of grace and power…”
Richmond Magazine
“The opening piece, Escapade–by the easy to enjoy American composer Joseph Turrin–immediately shows off Bowden’s brilliant and colorful sound. [David Ludwig’s] Radiance is a dreamy, yet thoughtful work, awash with delicate tonality and an uneasy tranquility. This is a musical business card for a very fine young artist, and it works quite well.”
Broad Street Review (Philadelphia)
“Bowden's sound is indeed "radiant"-very clear, focused, slightly lighter than some, but marked by dramatic power and elegant lyricism. She is equally at home on the high piccolo trumpet as on the larger horns...This is a very enjoyable recording that will prove of great value to trumpeters and all lovers of new music.”
The Brass Herald (England)
“Her piccolo trumpet tone is pure, refined, and warm—quite impressive. She sounds even better in David Ludwig’s ‘Radiance’ for piccolo trumpet and strings. It is a lyrical work with big leaps up to very high notes, and she does them with no apparent strain.”
American Record Guide
“A splendid debut recording of classical works by trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, especially when her playing is so expressive on the eight compositions. On technical grounds, she's an exquisite player whose polished tone is heard in ample supply on the seventy-four-minute release.”
Textura Magazine (Canada)
“The title-track “Radiance," an adaptation of David Ludwig’s plaintive soliloquy for oboe and strings, shows just how chaste and radiant a piccolo trumpet can be…Splendidly played... Bowden does her best work on James Stephenson's erratically stylish track "Croatian Trio".
Gramophone Magazine
“The title-track 'Radiance' shows just how chaste and radiant a piccolo trumpet can be … Splendidly played. Bowden does her best work on James Stephenson's 'Croatian Trio'."
Gramophone Magazine