McLeod, Britten, Walton, Wilson & Dowland Works for Solo Guitar

It is a remarkable coincidence that 2013 happens to be, along with Britten’s centenary, the 50th anniversary of Nocturnal, the 450th birthday of John Dowland and the 80th birthday of Julian Bream. In an attempt to mark all of these events, this recording presents, along with the Britten, three important works which span the fifty years which have followed it - Walton’s Five Bagatelles, Thomas Wilson’s Dreammusic, and John McLeod’s Fantasy on themes from Britten’s Gloriana, the latter composed specifically to mark Britten’s centenary, alongside short pieces by John Dowland.


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'Watt's exceptional range of timbre is especially apparent in John McLeod's inventive Fantasy on themes from Britten's 'Gloriana', while the opening of Nocturnal is sublime. It is good, too, to hear Thomas Wilson's haunting Dreammusic...this is a thoughtful and thoroughly enjoyable disc.' Christopher Dingle, BBC Music Magazine, October 2013

'There is little to fault this disc. Everything is pretty relaxed and tuneful, passages of reflective nostalgia - inevitably sometimes Mediterranean - rubbing shoulders with edgier-soulful virtuosity. Watt sounds completely at home whatever century or style he is playing in. He is technically assured, thoughtful, unpretentious. His phrasings, colours and characterisations are a match for anyone. John McLeod and Thomas Wilson could hope for no better champion. With a reasonably generous running time, there is little to fault this disc. Sound quality is excellent - up close and intimate, almost like having Watt playing on your knee.' Byzantion, MusicWeb-International, June 2013

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