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GMCD 7141 – Farewell to Hirta

David Watkin – Cello, Howard Moody – Piano, Francis Pott – Piano

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FRANCIS POTT (b.1957): Cello Sonata, Hunt’s Bay, Farewell to Hirta. The major work here is the cello sonata, an extended elegiac composition in memory of the composer’s parents, tonal and in extended traditional form, emotionally charged, making full and fine use of the cello’s expressive capabilities. This may be one of the finest cello sonatas to come out of the British Isles this century. The two solo piano works are in the best tradition of modern romanticism – they are both highly evocative sea pieces, owing something perhaps, to late Frank Bridge.