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Martinu: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 & 3 / Paul Watkins

> Cello Sonata No. 1, H. 277 - I. Poco allegro
> Cello Sonata No. 1, H. 277 - II. Lento
> Cello Sonata No. 1, H. 277 - III. Allegro con brio
> Variations on a Slovak Folksong, H. 378 - Variations on a Slovak Folksong, H. 378
> Cello Sonata No. 2, H. 286 - I. Allegro
> Cello Sonata No. 2, H. 286 - II. Largo
> Cello Sonata No. 2, H. 286 - III. Allegro commodo
> Variations on a Theme of Rossini, H. 290 - Variations on a Theme of Rossini, H. 290
> Cello Sonata No. 3, H. 340 - I. Poco andante
> Cello Sonata No. 3, H. 340 - II. Andante
> Cello Sonata No. 3, H. 340 - III. Allegro (ma non Presto)

Album Summary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello and Piano
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Variations on a theme of Rossini for Cello and Piano
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3
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Notes & Reviews:

Paul Watkins is one the leading cellists around today, in much demand throughout the world. This is his first disc as an exclusive Chandos artist. He is joined in this recital by his brother, the pianist Huw Watkins, for an all Martinu programme. The three sonatas of the Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu span the period 1939 – 52 and are full of rewarding musical invention. The experience of his long exile was often expressed in his music, particularly in the Third Sonata and the Variations on a Slovak Theme. The disc also offers the Variations on a Theme of Rossini (1942) dedicated to Gregor Piatigorsky, which show the composer at his most wittily light-hearted, and demonstrates brilliance and virtuosity in spades.

"The Watkins duo sound convincingly on Martinu's wavelength from the first bar of the First Sonata...The two sets of variations come off superbly too...An excellent disc and the best of the commerically available sets." -Gramophone Magazine

"There is a strong sense of ensemble at every stage, but beyond this, the performers have an instinctive grasp of the often mercurial dynamics of this music...Perhaps best of all is their reading of the Variations on a Slovak Theme which manages to capture both the music's pungency and expressive depth...Altogether an enormously impressive disc." -BBC Music Magazine *****

"In Paul and Huw Watkins's hands, these rarities are eminently worthy of discovery." -Sunday Times ***

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/01/2009-10/03/2009).



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>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/01/2009-01/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/12/1939

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Variations on a Slovak folksong for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/01/2009-01/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/12/1959

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/01/2009-01/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/1941-12/1941

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Variations on a theme of Rossini for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/01/2009-01/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 10/1942

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3
  • Performers: Huw Watkins (Piano); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (10/01/2009-01/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern