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BANTOCK & HOLBROOKE
Viola and Violin Sonatas

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck (vn & va) | Matthew Rickard (pf)

 

EAN 5 060263 500025

These two fine musicians have done an invaluable service in bringing to light several works by their British countrymen that have heretofore been shamefully neglected. Marshall-Luck’s and Rickard’s performances of this music are, in turn, thrilling and touching. They capture the moods of these pieces unerringly and to perfection.

JERRY DUBIN | FANFARE

Rupert Marshall-Luck responds admirably to this style... he is as excellent an exponent of the viola as he is of the violin.

ROBERT MATTHEW WALKER | INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

Rupert Marshall-Luck’s pioneering spirit continues to translate into action and achievement.

ROB BARNETT | MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

This is both an intelligent and interesting piece of programming... a finely played and valuable disc.

NICK BARNARD | MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Marshall-Luck plays with ideal purity over the widest range... Rickard’s piano-playing is also impressive, notably in the flamboyant writing in the Bantock.

EDWARD GREENFIELD | GRAMOPHONE

This disc – EM Records’ third release – features Joseph Holbrooke’s Second Violin Sonata (restored to its original version) and the Viola Sonata by Granville Bantock – played on Gustav Holst’s viola. Luxuriously romantic, these works also display striking individuality, juxtaposing warm lyricism, wry humour and exuberant energy. Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard appear regularly at The English Music Festival and their recording of Violin Sonatas by Bliss, Walford Davies and York Bowen formed EM Records’ critically acclaimed first release.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO SAMPLES

Joseph Holbrooke (1878–1958)
SONATA IN F MAJOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO ‘THE GRASSHOPPER’
1917 version – restored original version
1. I. Allegro con molto fuoco – Vivace (non troppo) – Più vivace – Presto  
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2. II. Adagio non troppo con molta espressione – Poco allegretto – Poco andante – Tempo primo  
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3. III. Maestoso – Vivace giocoso – Poco meno mosso – Tempo I – Tempo meno mosso – Lento – Tempo I  
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Granville Bantock (1868–1946)
SONATA IN F MAJOR FOR VIOLA AND PIANO (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
4. I. Allegro con anima  
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5. II. Maestoso sostenuto, rubato – Più moto – Sostenuto cantabile – Tempo primo – Poco lento – Meno allegro – Più lento – Lento molto  
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6. III. Vivace – Poco allegretto sostenuto – Tempo I – Allegretto con moto – Con fuoco e molto rubato – Tempo I (Vivace) – Largamente – Presto  
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