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CHAN 10818

British Works for Cello and Piano, Volume 3

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Paul Watkins

cello

Huw Watkins

piano

Venue:

Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk



Producer:

Rachel Smith


Ralph Couzens

(Executive)

Engineer:

Ben Connellan



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Cello


Piano

Total Time - 59:01
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EDMUND RUBBRA

(1901-1986)
   
 

Sonata, Op. 60 (1946)

22:36  
  in G minor - in g-Moll - en sol mineur  
  for Cello and Piano  
  For William Pleeth and Margaret Good  
1 Andante moderato - Con moto - Molto meno mosso - 8:11
  Tempo I - Adagio  
2 II Vivace flessibile - [ ] - Tempo I 3:19
3 III Tema. Adagio - 11:08
  Variazione I (Adagio) -  
  Variazione II -  
  Variazione III. Con moto  
  Variazione IV. Allegro -  
  Variazione V. Con moto -  
  Variazione VI. Molto sostenuto -  
  Variazione VII -  
  Fugue. Adagio e molto sereno  
 

ALAN RAWSTHORNE

(1905-1971)
 

Sonata (1948)

14:37  
  in C major - in C-Dur - en ut majeur  
  for Cello and Piano  
  To Anthony Pini and Wilfrid Parry  
4 I Adagio - Allegro appassionato - Abbandonatamente 4:27
5 II Adagio - Poco più mosso - 5:07
6 III Allegro molto - Presto - Lento - Presto - Lento - 5:02
  Presto - Lento - Adagio (come prima)  
 

ERNEST JOHN MOERAN

(1894-1950)
 

Sonata (1945-47)

21:50  
  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur  
  for Cello and Piano  
  To Peers Coetmore  
7 I Tempo moderato - Più mosso - Allegro - Tempo I - Allegro - 8:18
8 II Adagio - Un poco più mosso - Tempo I - 5:40
9 III Allegro - Poco maestoso - Tempo I - Molto allargando - 7:49
  TT 59:05      
   
 Paul Watkins cello
 Huw Watkins piano
  30 October - 1 November 2013  


 The Watkins brothers have reached volume three in their survey of British works for cello and piano. They have already shown a true affinity for this repertoire, Gramophone remarking that ‘[they] have all this music in their very being.’ Vol. 3 concentrates on three works written in a short period immediately after the Second World War, by three composers of very different orientation and personality. 

 
Rubbra’s Sonata in G minor, Op. 60 is profoundly influenced by polyphonic music of the sixteenth century. In the first movement the cello’s arching melodic lines develop in a contrapuntal web with the piano, reaching an optimistic climax that subsides into serene tranquillity. 
 
E.J. Moeran considered the Sonata in A minor to be one of his finest pieces. A dark intensity pervades the work, especially in the brooding opening movement. Emerging through this dark tone, however, we hear energetic dances, moments of beautiful lyricism, and the folk music of Norfolk and Ireland that was so important to Moeran. 
 
In contrast to the wit and polish for which Alan Rawsthorne is often known, his Cello Sonata brings to the fore a more serious musical personality. As a composer who spent much of his time composing film and incidental music, Rawsthorne relished the chance to write this work of personal, intimate expression.   

                              Repertoire *****          Sound *****          Interpretation ****

Burkhard Schäfer – Ensemble magazine (Germany) – August/September 2014


                       “Editor’s Choice – Chamber”

“… a superlative issue in every way”

 Andrew Achenbach – Gramophone magazine – August 2014

 

 "... All three works that haven’t entered mainstream repertoire, but this CD makes a compelling argument that they should... All three works are finely played and recorded..."

Paul Ballam-Cross - Limelightmagazine.com.au - 8 July 2014


 "... Devotees of the older Coetmore version will find themselves well rewarded by this ardent newcomer; and not just in Moeran, but in Rawsthorne and Rubbra as well."

Piers Burton-Page - International Record Review - June 2014


                                           Performance ****      Recording ****

"...The Chandos recorded sound is warmly inviting, and the Watkins duo interact in a manner perhaps only possible with artists who shared a childhood together, cornflakes and all."

Geoff Brown - BBC Music magazine - July 2014




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