Magazine article Gramophone

'American Works for Cello and Piano'

Magazine article Gramophone

'American Works for Cello and Piano'

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'American Works for Cello and Piano' Barber Cello Sonata, Op 6 Bernstein Three Meditations from Mass Carter Cello Sonata Copland Billy the Kid--Waltz and Celebration Crumb Solo Cello Sonata Paul Watkins vc Huw Watkins pf Chandos [F] CHAN10881 (69' * DDD)

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Here are the big names of 20th-century American music from an unfamiliar angle, and it's all wonderfully played. Barber's early Sonata (1932) was dedicated to his conservative Italian teacher who admired Brahms, and it shows: the work could almost be called Brahms's Third. This spectacular performance confirms its status as a standard classic, if not as personal as later Barber.

Carter's Sonata (1948) heralds his demanding later style. It starts with a staccato piano part, which Carter described as 'like a clock ticking', and the writing soon gets densely energetic for both players. The second movement, a kind of syncopated scherzo, has vestiges of Carter's earlier style in pieces like the Holiday Overture. …

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