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BANTOCK, SCOTT & SACHEVERELL COKE
Sonatas for Violin and Viola

 

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

 

EAN 5 060263 500162

Thoroughly rewarding as musical discoveries and as performances. Marshall-Luck captures well the beguilingly dark tinge to Scott’s highly chromatic, post-Romantic, texturally dense Viola Sonata. And Sacheverell Coke’s wartime Violin Sonata nr 1, equally absorbing... receives an equally committed performance.

EDWARD BHESANIA | THE STRAD

Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard give warmly committed performances, well recorded. An excellent issue.

EDWARD GREENFIELD | GRAMOPHONE

This recording features three vigorous, dramatic and colourful works by three unique, charismatic and colourful composers. 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.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO SAMPLES

Granville Bantock (1868–1946)
SONATA NR 3 IN C MAJOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
1. I. Allegro con spirito  
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2. II. THE DRYAD: Lento sostenuto  
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3. III. FINALE: Allegro con moto – Largamente molto lento  
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Cyril Scott (1879–1970)
SONATA FOR VIOLA AND PIANO (1953) (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
4. I. Allegretto – Grave e molto espressivo – Con moto – Tempo I  
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5. II. HUMORESQUE: Allegro – Poco sostenuto e poco maestoso –
Tempo primo
 
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6. III. Adagio – Energico – Poco meno mosso – Maestoso – Molto maestoso  
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Roger Sacheverell Coke (1912–1972)
SONATA NR 1 IN D MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
7. I. Poco lento – Allegro ritmico  
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II. Andante sostenuto – Poco più mosso, con moto, agitato – Tempo I  
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9. III. SCHERZO: Allegro scherzando – TRIO: Lento assai – Tempo I  
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10. IV. FINALE, QUASI UNA FANTASIA: Lento assai – EPILOGUE: Maestoso  
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