Debut Discs
NMC supports gifted early-career composers with its Debut Discs series
In my craft of sullen artTRACKLISTING
1-3 Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments 13’44
Paul Watkins, cello | The Nash Ensemble | Ian Brown
4-9 Four Spencer Pieces 15’15
Huw Watkins, piano
10-12 Three Auden Songs 8’47
Mark Padmore, tenor | Huw Watkins, piano
13-17 Partita for solo violin 15’02
Alina Ibragimova, violin
18 In my craft or sullen art: Goodison Quartet No.4 17’31
Mark Padmore, tenor | Elias Quartet
Released 2012




'Lyricism flourishes, and tonal echoes are exposed alongside chromatic scrunches and abrasive textures ... a splendid portrait disc in NMC's stand of debuts' BBC Music Magazine


huw watkinsThe centrepiece of this album sets Dylan Thomas's defiant In my craft or sullen art for tenor and string quartet.  Huw's brother Paul is soloist in the lyrical Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments; while there are echoes of Britten and Berkeley in the beautifully wrought Three Auden Songs, sung by tenor Mark Padmore, accompanied by Huw Watkins on piano.  Alina Ibragimova excels in the virtuosic Partita for solo violin, which Watkins describes as a 'very fast, relentless gigue’.


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NMC Debut Discs - Huw Watkins In My Craft or Sullen Art



Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


With thanks to the trusts, foundations
and individuals who have invested in
NMC’s Debut Discs series:
The Astor Foundation
The John S Cohen Foundation
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
The Stanley Picker Charitable Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
RVW Trust
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
The individuals who donated through
The Big Give Christmas Challenge
December 2011