℗ 2013 Chandos
 

British Works for Cello and Piano, Vol. 2: Ireland - Bax - Bowen

Paul Watkins, Huw Watkins

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Sonata for Cello and PIano in A Major, Op. 64  
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I. Moderato – Allegro deciso e appassionato – Poco meno mosso – Tempo I – [ ] – Tempo I – Meno mosso – Tempo I
York Bowen; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
9:32
2
II. Lento serioso – [ ] – Tempo I
York Bowen; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
8:34
3
III. Finale. Allegro con fuoco – Più sostenuto e tranquillo – Più allegro – Più mosso
York Bowen; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
6:53
Sonata for Cello and Piano in E-Flat Major  
4
I. Moderato (tempo vacillando) – Tempo, un poco più lento – Tempo I – Allegro passionato – Poco più mosso – Più mosso – Vivace – Più largamente – Poco meno mosso – Andante con moto – Vivace – Vivace – Lento ma non troppo – Andante con moto – Moderato
Sir Arnold Bax; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
11:36
5
II. Poco lento – Più lento – Molto tranquillo – Tempo I – Più lento, molto tranquillo
Sir Arnold Bax; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
9:03
6
III. Molto vivace ma non troppo – Poco più lento – Tempo I – [ ] – Tempo I (Allegro) – Epilogue. Moderato tranquillo
Sir Arnold Bax; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
9:21
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor  
7
I. Moderato e sostenuto – Animando – Tempo I – Largamente – Più moto che al primo – Tranquillo – In tempo – Poco più animato
John Ireland; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
8:35
8
II. Poco largamente – Non troppo lento – Andante moderato – Poco largamente –
John Ireland; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
6:47
9
III. Con moto e marcato – Largamente – Tempo I – Meno mosso – Largamente – Più mosso, quasi Tempo I – Largamente
John Ireland; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
4:46
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    75:07
"The music of these three composers is powerfully emotional and basically romantic in character... this release has its virtues as a program and is very well played. The warmth of both Watkin’s tone and the way they work together is a strong recommendation. The Chandos sound is rich."
- David W. Moore, American Record Guide

"on more than one occasion, I’ve sung the praises of Paul Watkins, unquestionably, in my opinion, one of today’s foremost cellists. This new album further bolsters his reputation with gorgeous tonal bloom, ample technique to surmount the thorniest technical passages, and perhaps most inspiring of all, performances that are musically sensitive and deeply committed emotionally to these works. I’ve also had the opportunity to praise pianist Huw Watkins, who often partners with Paul, for his outstanding playing and true chamber-music-making instincts. This is an enormously satisfying CD, with music and performances further enhanced by Chandos’s as always wide and deep soundstage recording. Very strongly recommended."
- Jerry Dubins, Fanfare

This second volume of the Chandos series of British works for cello and piano features cellist Paul Watkins with accompaniment from his pianist brother Huw Watkins. The three sonatas presented on this album were written within the space of three years by the composers York Bowen, John Ireland and Arnold Bax, all of whom were regarded as leading figures in their generation. Bowen's inventive Cello Sonata, Op. 64 is followed by Bax's brazenly romantic Sonata in E flat major with Ireland's passionately intenseSonata in G minor rounding out the programme, expertly performed by the Watkins duo.
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