Notes & Reviews:
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.
BBC Music Magazine, July 2014
The most stylistically striking piece is Rubbra's Sonata of 1946...The Watkins brothers, true to form, pay close attention to its rhythmic life, though they also know how to soar into beauty...[they] interact in a manner perhaps only possible with artists who shared a childhood together, cornflakes and all.
Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Another superb chamber partnership (this time from two brothers), instinctively collaborative in passages of both poignancy and urgency.
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William Walton: Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto / Tasmin Little, violin; Edward Gardner, BBC SO
Ross Harris (b.1945): Cello Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'To the Memory of Mahinarangi Tocker' / Li-Wei Qin, cello; Robert Ashworth, viola
Vaughan Williams: Piano Quintet in D major; Studies (6) in English Folk Song; Romance for Viola & Piano / London Soloists Ens.
Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968): Violin Sonata; Tre canti; Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Violin Sonata; Tre vocalizzi / Hagai Shaham, violin; Arnon Erez, piano
Sergej Taneyev (1856-1915): Piano Chamber Music / Anna Zassimova, Albrecht Breuninger, Stefan Krznaric, Julien Heichelbech
Reger: Organ Works, Vol. 15 - Chorale Preludes, Op. 67/16-35; Monologues, Op. 63/1-4; Postludium in D minor / Wolfgang Rubsam, organ
Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; Preludes, Op. 23/4-6 / Xiayin Wang, piano
Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996): Piano Trio; Violin Sonatina; Double Bass Sonata / Blumina, Blacher, Ofer, Moser, Shehata
Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942): Concertos / Frank-Immo Zichner, piano; Jaques Zoon, flute