Cello Concerto

Huw Watkins (1976)

Cello Concerto 2016

2222 - 4200 - perc(2) - cel.harp - strings
Duration 
26
Solist 
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I’ve been promising my brother a cello concerto for many years now. When I became composer in association with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, an orchestra with which we both have had long relationships, the concerto seemed to be the obvious piece to write first.

Paul’s wonderfully expressive, and deeply musical cello playing has been at the front of my mind while writing the piece. Perhaps this explains why the two outer movements are largely slow, with the lyrical qualities of the cello to the fore; although the central movement is, for the most part, a mercurial scherzo.

Huw Watkins

Performances 
12.8.16 BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London: Paul Watkins (cello) / BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Thomas Søndergård
26.5.17 BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff: Paul Watkins (cello) / BBC National Orchestra of Wales / Tecwyn Evans
2
Flute
2
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2
Bassoon
4
Horn
2
Trumpet
2
Percussion
crotales, clash cymbal, tenor drum, bass drum
1
Harp
1
Piano
celeste
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