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British Works for Cello and Piano, Vol. 4 - Sonatas by Hoddinott and R.R. Bennett; Lutyens: Constants, Op. 110; Leighton: Partita, Op. 35 / Paul Watkins, cello; Huw Watkin, piano

Album Summary

>Leighton, Kenneth : Partita for cello & piano, Op. 35
>Lutyens, Elisabeth : Constants, for cello & piano, Op. 110
>Hoddinott, Alun : Sonata for cello & piano no 2, Op. 96/1
>Bennett, Richard R. : Sonata for cello & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Brothers Paul and Huw Watkins’ British Works for Cello and Piano, a series “remain[ing] by far the best recorded guides to this powerful and enjoyable repertoire” according to BBC Music, reaches its fourth volume. Following Kenneth Leighton’s three-movement Partita, op. 35 comes Elisabeth Lutyens’ Constants, op. 110, whose four melodic and harmonic intervallic ‘constants’ are used exclusively throughout the work. Alun Hoddinott’s Sonata, op. 96/1 is notable for its clear, open textures, often of two-part counterpoint. Richard Rodney Bennett’s four-movement Sonata ends the program.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
This latest volume of Paul and Huw Watkins's survey of British cello works showcases the expressive range of the instrument which emerged through later 20th-century composition, with adventurous works that exploded the cello's reputation as a primarily lyrical instrument by demonstrating its more mercurial qualities.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
In bringing together four highly contrasting British composers of the later 20th century, this vibrant recording, with splendid playing by Paul and Huw Watkins, demonstrates the extent of the cello's inspiration and versatility in a range of modern idioms.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/10/2014-09/12/2014).



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Works Details

>Leighton, Kenneth : Partita for cello & piano, Op. 35
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/10/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lutyens, Elisabeth : Constants, for cello & piano, Op. 110
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/10/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Hoddinott, Alun : Sonata for cello & piano no 2, Op. 96/1
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/10/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977

>Bennett, Richard R. : Sonata for cello & piano
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (09/10/2014-09/12/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991