Magazine article Gramophone

'Sea Eagle'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Sea Eagle'

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'Sea Eagle' Barry Jabberwocky (a) PM Davies Sea Eagle Holloway Horn Trio (b) C Matthews Three of (a) Kind (c) D Matthews Horn Quintet (d) Turnage Cello Concerto--Prayer for a Great Man (e) H Watkins Trio (f)

Richard Watkins hn with (a) Mark Padmore ten (f) Laura Samuel vn (bce) Paul Watkins vc (abcf) Huw Watkins pf (d)Nash Ensemble NMC [F] NMCD203 (75' * DDD) (d) Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, October 18, 2014

During a prestigious career stretching back to 1981, the horn player Richard Watkins has held posts with the Fires of London, London Sinfonietta and Philharmonia; he is currently a member of the Nash Ensemble and a founder member of London Winds. NMC's enterprising and thoroughly absorbing sequence shows him to be an imperious exponent of his craft and a wonderfully instinctive musician to boot.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies wrote Sea Eagle (a solo 'study' in three movements) for Watkins in 1982, and the dedicatee's performance compels in its consummate technical mastery and penetrating poetic scope. Next, Watkins teams up with tenor Mark Padmore and composer/pianist Huw Watkins (no relation! …

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