Cresswell The Art of Black and White. Rattle Records
What a pleasure it is listening to tenor Christopher Bowen, just a few months after his memorable Evangelist in Auckland Choral's St John Passion. Predictably, he illuminates the 11 songs of Snatches, from Baptised Generations, with the same vocal cut and clarity. Poet Emily Dickinson's words, pointed and pithy, resonate in Cresswell's remarkably lean responses, as the tenor deals out images of despair and dark humour with Brittenesque flair. The five Denis Glover poems of Old Mick don't share the wistful, sepia-tinted nostalgia of composer Douglas Lilburn's iconic Sings Harry. Here, the versatile Bowen balances searing poignancy with occasional chilling outbursts of anger.
Superb tribute to New Zealand composer, delivered with charisma and charm
William Dart - New Zealand Herald 04/11/2017
Bach St John Passion. Auckland Choral
Could one imagine a more compelling Evangelist than Christopher Bowen? The tenor's recitatives were beautifully paced and incisively pointed, occasioning memorable interchanges with Greco's moving Pilate and some effective contrast with the weary eloquence of Barry Mora's Jesus.
William Dart - New Zealand Herald 06/04/2017
Nicolson The Iris Murder. Hebrides Ensemble
Christopher Bowen, a giant tenor with a meltingly pure voice, played Beaunes with frightening conviction, a kind of calculated mania.
Ken Walton - The Scotsman 13/06/2016
Elgar Dream of Gerontius. Orchestra of the North. Salford and Congleton Choral societies.
The role of Gerontius is perhaps unique in that the protagonist's suffering, hopes and frailties are laid bare in the wonderful orchestral prelude before he has sung a single note, so that in a way his task is not so much to announce himself as to add a new dimension to what has already been revealed. Christopher Bowen managed this with unwavering concentration, succeeding in riveting the audience's attention throughout the work. His vocal control was impressive, and he clearly understood the importance of his role in defining the structure of the work and in creating a convincing sense of forward progression.
Kelvin Leslie - Congleton Chronicle 14/4/2016
Britten War Requiem. Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
The soloists, Morag Atchison, Jared Holt and Christopher Bowen, were well matched musically, yet brought individual flair to the proceedings. ...Bowen [brought] an elegance of line to Britten's melodies. The tenor and baritone blend of Bowen and Holt respectively was particularly satisfying.
Philip Norman - The Press 4/10/2015
Handel Alexander's Feast. Aldeburgh Music Club
...tenor Christopher Bowen with fuller voice than is normally expected of a high tenor capable of ascending into the stratosphere but on this occasion restricted to a relatively modest range which he negotiated with skill and dramatic force when needed
John Sims - AMC 3/12/2014
Rossini Petite Messe Sollenelle. St Albans Choral
Christopher Bowen has an unfussy, high tenor voice which I found especially pleasing. The Domine Deus was judged to perfection with its bouncy rhythm yet strong legato line.
Mary Cook - Herts ad 9/7/2014
Bach CPE Johannes passion. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
...a lovely accompagnato followed by a tenor solo, a very galant aria vividly sung by Christopher Bowen... The performance was satisfyingly exemplary with Karabits drawing finely shaped performances from his soloists
Robert Hugill - Planet Hugill 16/4/2014
Handel Messiah. Auckland Choral
tenor Christopher Bowen set up a benchmark for his fellow soloists with a beautifully turned recitative and aria. His final, extraordinary flourish of notes would have created a stir among the original 1743 Covent Garden audience. In tandem with mezzo Anna Pierard in O Death, where is thy sting, the two singers brought an almost Purcellian zest to the writing.
William Dart - New Zealand Herald 18/12/2013
Bach Johannes passion. St Albans Choral Society
Christopher Bowen’s high tenor voice was bright and carried well in the louder passages but was also capable of great compassion.
Mary Cook - Herts ad 25/4/2013
Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise. Grange Choral Society
All the succeeding episodes fully conveyed Mendelssohn’s vocal splendour...Soloists in the symphony included the superb, soaring clarity of soprano Abigail Hooper ... and the smoothly controlled voice of tenor Christopher Bowen.
Mike Marsh - Bournemouth Echo 23/1/2012
Vaughan Williams A Cambridge Mass. Bath Choral Society
The four soloists, soprano Olivia Robinson, alto Rebecca Lodge, tenor Christopher Bowen and baritone Edward Price, made their contributions with suitable artistry and style.
Peter Lloyd Williams - Bath Chronicle 27/10/2011
Northcott Hymn to Cybele. BBC Proms
Bayan Northcott's hair raisingly demanding Hymn to Cybele , complete with a particularly gruesome text stretched even the virtuosity of the BBC Singers, who nonetheless gave as dramatic a reading as one could have wished, with solo contributions from Christopher Bowen and Edward Price that bordered on the heroic.
David Wordsworth - Choir and Organ November 2010
Bach Christmas Oratorio. Sheffield Oratorio Chorus
a young tenor Christopher Bowen being the standout soloist when it came to word clarity...His diction was excellent and his high tenor voice musicianly in his arias.
Bernard Lee - Sheffield Telegraph 2/12/2009
Handel Solomon. Dublin Handel Festival
"Tenor Christopher Bowen and soprano Roisin O'Grady were polished clear and stylish in their solos."
Michael Dungan - Irish Times 21/4/2009
Homilius Johannes Passion. Camden Chamber Choir
"a fluent and articulate tenor Evangelist, the New Zealand-born Christopher Bowen, a member of the BBC Singers." "the Pilate scene (“Was ist Wahreheit?” — ‘What is truth?”), with Preece and Bowen on magnificent form, provided a high point of an evening that, in its modest way, proved fascinating."
Roderic Dunnett - Church Times 21/3/2008
Scarlatti Stabat Mater. BBC Proms
Olivia Robinson and Christopher Bowen gave the music further soul when, rising above the choral mass, their voices asserted an individual humanity. The performance was a soberly stirring experience.
Kenneth Carter - classicalsource.com 04/09/2007
Gubaidulina Alleluia. Gubaidulina Weekend - BBC symphony orchestra
One could warm to the skill or dedication of certain performers- the tenor Christopher Bowen in Alleluia.
Ivan Hewitt - The Daily Telegraph 16/01/2007
Mozart Requiem. Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and City Choir
Bowen's tone is both distinctive and poignant.
Patrick Shepherd - The Press 26/06/2006
Bach St Matthew Passion. Cantores
Tenor Christopher Bowen, as the Evangelist, had the job of narrating the story of Christ's passion... a familiar enough tale became extraordinarily gripping: real theatre in fact.
Timothy Jones - The Press 16/03/2005
Anon. Play of Daniel. New London Chamber Choir
tenor Christopher Bowen, a cutting, withering Daniel. No wonder those poor lions were cowed.
Roderic Dunnett - Church Times 30/07/2004