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EMR CD006

EM RECORDS | EMR CD006


HOLST, WALFORD DAVIES & VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
Works for Violin & Piano

 

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

 

EAN 5 060263 500056

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

There is no doubting Rupert Marshall-Luck’s commitment... He addresses the needs of each composer and each movement – he really hurtles through the stormier waters of the Vaughan Williams, for example – and has in Matthew Rickard an adept and sympathetic accompanist.

COLIN ANDERSON | INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

The lively profusion of ideas [in Vaughan Williams’s Violin Sonata in A minor] demands as fully committed performance as it receives here. Similarly fine advocacy is given to Walford Davies’s Sonata in E-flat.

DANIEL JAFFÉ | BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

This high calibre partnership speaks of sanguine spontaneity and a natural warmth and affinity for the music.

MICHAEL COOKSON | MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Following their previous two critically acclaimed recordings for EM Records, Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard present on disc a programme of works by three contemporaneous composers. The Sonata in E-flat major by Walford Davies is his first in this genre and, like the Sonata in A major (recorded on EMR CD001), has been edited by Marshall-Luck from the autograph manuscript sources held at the Royal College of Music. It is complemented by Vaughan Williams’s Violin Sonata, a wide-ranging, virtuosic work, juxtaposing explosive energy, other-worldly etherialism and warm-hearted lyricism; and the Five Pieces of Gustav Holst: songful, memorable gems from the beginning of their composer’s career, the set of which has never been recorded before.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO SAMPLES

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958)
SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO IN A MINOR
1. I. FANTASIA: Allegro giusto  
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2. II. SCHERZO: Allegro furioso ma non troppo  
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3. III. TEMA CON VARIAZIONI: Andante – Tempo del preludio, ma tranquillo  
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Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
FIVE PIECES FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (*WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS)
4. LIED OHNE WORTE: Andante moderato – Un poco allegro – Tempo I*  
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5. MAYA: Allegretto*  
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6. GREETING: Andante*  
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7. A SPRING SONG: Allegro tranquillo*  
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8. VALSE-ÉTUDE: Allegro vivace – Molto vivace – Tempo I –
Più mosso – Presto
 
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Henry Walford Davies (1869–1941)
SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO IN E-FLAT MAJOR (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
9. I. Allegro moderato  
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II. Largo espressivo  
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11. III. Largo – Allegro – Meno mosso (con gran dignità)  
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