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Cello Concerto

Cello Concerto


  • Instrumentation: cello and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
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
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Proms 2016
Content text: I Lento
II Allegro
III Lento
Performance duration: 26'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 12. August 2016 London, Royal Albert Hall (UK) BBC Proms 2016 · Paul Watkins, cello · Dirigent: Thomas Søndergård · BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Year of composition: 2016
instrumentation: 2.2.2.2-4.2.0.0-2perc(crot., clash cym, ten d, b.d)-cel.hp-str
Performances
Conductor: Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2017-05-26 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), BBC Hoddinott Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2016-08-12 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere
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
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Proms 2016
Content text: I Lento
II Allegro
III Lento
Performance duration: 26'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 12. August 2016 London, Royal Albert Hall (UK) BBC Proms 2016 · Paul Watkins, cello · Dirigent: Thomas Søndergård · BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Year of composition: 2016
instrumentation: 2.2.2.2-4.2.0.0-2perc(crot., clash cym, ten d, b.d)-cel.hp-str
Conductor: Tecwyn Evans
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2017-05-26 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), BBC Hoddinott Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Thomas Søndergård
Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2016-08-12 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall — 19:30 | World Premiere