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Sea Eagle: Works for Horn by Gerald Barry, Peter Maxwell Davies, Robin Holloway, Colin Matthews, David Matthews, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Huw Watkins / Richard Watkins, horn; Huw Watkins, piano; Mark Padmore, tenor

Album Summary

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Sea Eagle, for horn solo, J. 183
>Barry, Gerald : Jabberwocky, for tenor, horn & piano
>Matthews, Colin : Three of a Kind, for horn, cello & piano
>Watkins, Huw : Trio for violin, horn & piano
>Matthews, David : Quintet for horn & string quartet, Op. 115
>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Concerto for Cello
>Holloway, Robin : Trio for horn, cello & piano, Op. 113
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Notes & Reviews:

Richard Watkins is one of the most sought-after horn players of his generation. He was Principal Horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra for twelve years, and is currently a member of the Nash Ensemble and a founder member of London Winds. Closely associated with promoting contemporary music for the horn, Richard Watkins has given premieres of concertos by Maxwell-Davies, Osborne, Lindberg, Muldowney, Lefanu, and Colin and David Matthews. The title work on this album is Peter Maxwell Davies' solo horn piece Sea Eagle (1982). It was initially considered by many to be impossible to play but is now regarded as an essential part of the horn repetoire and is even a set-piece for the prestigious Munich Horn Competition. Richard is joined on this recording by a stellar line-up of chamber musicians, including Paul Watkins and Huw Watkins for an unusual combination of horn, cello and piano (C Matthews & Holloway), and tenor Mark Padmore to present the unmistakable soundworld of Gerald Barry. His setting of Lewis Carroll's famous poem Jabberwocky - which is fi rst sung in French, with expressive legato phrases, and then repeated more forcefully in German - features some delightfully unconventional horn writing.

Sunday Times, 15th March 2015
The horn in this interesting British Isles sequence combines with other instruments and a voice, like an atom claimed by different molecules.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
NMC's enterprising and thoroughly absorbing sequence shows [Richard Watkins] to be an imperious exponent of his craft and a wonderfully instinctive musician to boot... Huw Watkins's shrewdly paced and keenly proportioned 2009 Trio for horn, violin and piano strikes me as a real find.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
The quality of the works on offer here should make this release appeal well beyond the ranks of new music aficionados; and the near-flawless performances provide their own recommendation...[Watkins's] sound is firm and sonorous, with no trace of that exasperating fizziness of tone you sometimes hear elsewhere.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (01/24/2011); Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey (01/24/2011); Wigmore Hall, London (01/24/2011); All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (01/24/2014); Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey (01/24/2014); Wigmore Hall, London (01/24/2014); All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (06/17/2014); Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey (06/17/2014); Wigmore Hall, London (06/17/2014); All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (09/13/2014-09/14/2014); Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey (09/13/2014-09/14/2014); Wigmore Hall, London (09/13/2014-09/14/2014); All Saints Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2014); Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey (10/18/2014); Wigmore Hall, London (10/18/2014).



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Works Details

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : Sea Eagle, for horn solo, J. 183
  • Performer: Richard Watkins (Horn)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Barry, Gerald : Jabberwocky, for tenor, horn & piano
  • Performers: Mark Padmore; Huw Watkins (Piano); Richard Watkins (Horn)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matthews, Colin : Three of a Kind, for horn, cello & piano
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello); Richard Watkins (Horn)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey (09/13/2014-09/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Watkins, Huw : Trio for violin, horn & piano
  • Performers: Laura Samuel (Violin); Huw Watkins (Piano); Richard Watkins (Horn)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Matthews, David : Quintet for horn & string quartet, Op. 115
  • Performer: Richard Watkins (Horn)
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2010
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Turnage, Mark-Anthony : Concerto for Cello :: Prayer for a great man
  • Performers: Paul Watkins (Cello); Richard Watkins (Horn)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey (09/13/2014-09/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2010

>Holloway, Robin : Trio for horn, cello & piano, Op. 113
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello); Richard Watkins (Horn)
  • Notes: Menuhin Hall, Yehudi Menuhin School, Cobham, Surrey (09/13/2014-09/14/2014)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2010-2011