℗ 2015 Chandos
 

American Works for Cello and Piano: Copland - Bernstein - Crumb - Carter - Barber

Paul Watkins, Huw Watkins

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Cello Sonata in C Minor, Op. 6  
1
I. Allegro ma non troppo – [ ] – Tempo I
Samuel Barber; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
7:22
2
II. Adagio – Presto – Di nuovo Adagio
Samuel Barber; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
3:59
3
III. Allegro appassionato – Meno mosso – Tempo I – [ Tempo I – [ ] – Tempo I – Meno mosso – Tempo I – [ ] – Tempo I – [ ] – Tempo I
Samuel Barber; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
5:41
3 Meditations from Mass (Version for Cello and Piano)  
4
Meditation No. 1. Lento assai, molto sostenuto – Tranquillo – Mosso – Meno mosso (peacefully) – Con passione – Quasi adagio
Leonard Bernstein; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
3:52
5
Meditation No. 2. Andante sostenuto – Variation I. (Sempre sostenuto) – Meno sostenuto – Variation II. Con moto – Variation III. L’istesso tempo – Variation IV. Più lento, trattenuto – Coda. A tempo – Subito più mosso (Presto)
Leonard Bernstein; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
3:10
6
Meditation No. 3. Presto – Prestissimo e staccato (senza misura) – Fast and primitive – Molto adagio
Leonard Bernstein; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
6:52
Sonata for Cello and Piano  
7
I. Moderato
Elliott Carter; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
4:59
8
II. Vivace, molto leggiero
Elliott Carter; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
4:51
9
III. Adagio
Elliott Carter; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
5:09
10
IV. Allegro – Tempo of first movement
Elliott Carter; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
5:55
Sonata for Solo Cello  
11
I. Fantasia. Andante espressivo e con molto rubato
George Crumb; Paul Watkins
3:25
12
II. Tema pastorale con variazioni Tema. Grazioso e delicato – Variazione I. Un poco più animato – Variazione II. Allegro possibile e sempre pizzicato – Variazione III. Poco adagio e molto espressivo – Coda. Tempo I
George Crumb; Paul Watkins
4:52
13
III. Toccata. Largo e drammatico – Allegro vivace
George Crumb; Paul Watkins
2:30
Billy the Kid (Version for Cello and Piano)  
14
Waltz. Molto moderato – Con moto – Più mosso – Tempo I –
Aaron Copland; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
3:44
15
Celebration. Allegro
Aaron Copland; Paul Watkins; Huw Watkins
2:24
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    68:45
Having explored much of the repertoire of 20th century British works for cello and piano, the Watkins brothers (cellist Paul, pianist Huw) turn their attention to American contributions to the genre, spanning a fascinating period of some four decades of intensive compositional activity in the US. The earliest piece here, Barber’s Cello Sonata from 1932, was for many years considered the only modern work for cello and piano. Included on this programme along with the landmark Barber sonata is music by Bernstein, Crumb, Carter and Copland, represented by his own 1952 arrangements of two selections from his popular cowboy ballet Billy the Kid.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Executive producer: Ralph Couzens
Recording producer: Rachel Smith
Sound engineer: Ben Connellan
Editor: Rachel Smith
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Recording venue: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk; 25 – 27 May 2015
Front cover: ‘Aerial view of Manhattan, morning sun shining brightly from East, New York City, New York State, USA’ / Photograph © SuperStock / Getty Images
Design and typesetting: Cap & Anchor Design Co.
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen
Publishers: G. Schirmer, Inc. (Barber), Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Co. LLC (Bernstein), Associated Music Publishers, Inc. (Carter), C.F. Peters Corp. (Crumb), Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd (Copland)
Steinway Model D (587462) concert grand piano courtesy of Potton Hall
Piano technician: Graham Cooke DipMIT, MPTA
Page turners: Peter Willsher (25 and 26 May 2015) and Emily Wyke (27 May 2015)

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