Huw Watkins - Flute Concerto, Violin Concerto, Symphony | NMC Recordings NMCD224

Huw Watkins - Flute Concerto, Violin Concerto, Symphony

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Label: NMC Recordings

Cat No: NMCD224

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 21st September 2018

Contents

Artists

Alina Ibragimova (violin)
Adam Walker (flute)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Halle

Conductors

Edward Gardner
Ryan Wigglesworth

Works

Watkins, Huw

Flute Concerto
Symphony
Violin Concerto

Artists

Alina Ibragimova (violin)
Adam Walker (flute)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Halle

Conductors

Edward Gardner
Ryan Wigglesworth

About

Welsh-born Huw Watkins is one of today’s leading composer-pianists and this album (his second for NMC Recordings) showcases his vibrant, lyrical and impeccably crafted orchestral writing.

Both the Flute and Violin Concertos were composed for soloists with whom he already had a close working relationship. Adam Walker is the principal flautist for the London Symphony Orchestra, who Watkins describes as having an 'amazing sound and control of his instrument'. The delicate orchestration in the Flute Concerto allows the solo flute to take flight as it weaves in and out with skittish motifs.

Alina Ibragimova is the soloist in the Violin Concerto, premiered at the BBC Proms in 2010. The piece harnesses Ibragimova’s dynamic and intense, fiercely intelligent playing, switching from attacking virtuosity and molten lyricism, often in an instant. The result is dramatic and utterly compelling.

In this album's liner notes, Steph Power writes that Watkins has 'long seemed a symphonist in waiting, with a natural affinity for big-boned yet finely-wrought drama'. Cast in two movements, Huw Watkins’ Symphony does not strictly adhere to classical symphonic form. Rather, the composer interprets this great tradition through his development of ideas and use of the orchestra. The result is a thrilling, huge and percussive sound, brimming with excitement and energy.

Reviews

If music is, indeed, ‘the food of love’, then Huw Watkins’s Flute Concerto (2013) does have ‘excess of it’! ... Cast in the conventional three movements, the music dances through a musical landscape full of light and shade. ... This recording is of the [Violin Concerto’s] blistering Proms premiere in August 2010, superbly engineered to be of a piece with the companion works.  Guy Rickards
Gramophone November 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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