Rupert Marshall-Luck is a charismatic performer... with the right amount of flamboyance to project this music with passion, intelli-gence and authority
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IMAGINE: a work of searing beauty, masterly orchestration and emotional profundity; only once heard, never recorded – lost to generations. It is this work, Robin Milford’s Violin Concerto, that the pioneering label EM Records is to resurrect, allowing its inspirational delights to be heard again at last.
Its companion work will beon the disc is no less a ground-breaking recording. Stanford’s exquisite Second Violin Concerto shows the power of its composer at his most authoritative and expressive. Dramatic intensity, high virtuosity and melting lyricism combine to glorious effect in this recently-discovered treasure.
This recording took place in January 2014 at Watford Colosseum with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, and Rupert Marshall-Luck as soloist; and is scheduled for release in May 2014.
Recorded in association with BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Concert Orchestra
A new recording of three vigorous, dramatic and colourful works by three unique, charismatic and colourful composers, performed by Rupert Marshall-Luck and pianist Matthew Rickard, has been released by EM Records.
Cyril Scott’s Viola Sonata of 1953 is a highly focused work, meticulously crafted and tautly unified; and the fluency, inventiveness and iridescence of the writing makes the Sonata compelling listening. An equal magnetism surrounds Granville Bantock’s Sonata no.3 in C major for Violin and Piano; composed at the end of its composer’s life, in 1946, it eschews the complex grandiloquence of some of his earlier works in favour a conciseness of form and simplicity of structure, yet Bantock’s hallmarks of a richly appointed texture and sweeping melodic lines are still present.
Roger Sacheverell Coke’s Violin Sonata in D minor is perhaps the most emotionally involved of the three offerings on the disc. Composed during the aftermath of the Second World War, its first two movements alternate soaring melodic lines of searing beauty with dark, introverted musings; in the grim Scherzo, figures loom like nightmarish megoliths; and the fourth movement’s anguished outpourings are an elegy for a generation. The Sonata is included on this recording by popular demand following its rapturous reception at the 2012 English Music Festival.
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Roger Sacheverell Coke (1912–1972)
SONATA no.1 IN D MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
|I. Poco lento – Allegro ritmico||
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EM Publishing has recently issued the score of the Violin Sonata in E-flat major by Ivor Gurney, which appears in print for the first time. Edited by Rupert Marshall-Luck, the scholarly-critical edition (EMP SP004) presents the score and separate violin part alongside a full Editorial Commentary. A supplementary violin part, incorporating the editor’s recommended bowings, is available within a separate volume (EMP SP004-2V). Further details are available on this page.