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British Works for Cello & Piano, Vol. 1: Works by Parry, Delius and Bantock / Paul Watkins, cello; Huw Watkins, piano

Album Summary

>Parry, Charles H. : Sonata for cello & piano in A major
>Delius, Frederick : Sonata for cello and piano, RT viii/7
>Bantock, Granville : Hamabdil, for cello & harp
>Foulds, John : Sonata for cello & piano, Op. 6
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Notes & Reviews:

In the late 19th and 20th centuries many British composers produced superb works for cello and piano, but few of these actually made their way into the general repertoire. Here we have works by four of thee distinct musical personalities. Exclusive Chandos artist cellist Paul Watkins, accompanied by Huw Watkins, performs Parry, Foulds, Delius and Bantock.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2012
The Watkins brothers, Paul and Huw, buckle down to their task with sympathy and panache...The Bantock trinket is conveyed with passion, but it's left to the Foulds, almost outlandishly exuberant, to really bring these five musicians to the boil.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
Both Paul and Huw Watkins establiush, from the outset, a firm grip on the potential difficulties of the Delius Sonata. Here every nuance seems to tell and, because of the splendid shaping of each phrase and grading of each nuance, the ebb and flow of the work and the piano's procession of colourful harmonies have an inevitable coherence.

The Guardian, 4th October 2012
Paul Watkins shows himself once again to be peerless in this repertory, while Huw demonstrates that his sparkling playing can be as effective in music of this period as it is so regularly in contemporary repertoire. They lavish great care and good sense on everything here.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
This new release by the Watkins brothers may fill an important place in our record libraries. The Watkinses play with polish and verve. Paul has a somewhat unvaried vibrato until he gets to John Foulds's exciting and dramatic sonata.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potto Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk.



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Works Details

>Parry, Charles H. : Sonata for cello & piano in A major
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Delius, Frederick : Sonata for cello and piano, RT viii/7
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potto Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/05/2012-04/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916

>Bantock, Granville : Hamabdil, for cello & harp
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potto Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/05/2012-04/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Foulds, John : Sonata for cello & piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potto Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/05/2012-04/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic