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HERBERT HOWELLS
The Complete Works for Violin & Piano

 

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

 

EAN 5 060263 500179

The recorded sound is splendidly generous, while Marshall-Luck and Rickard evince a real sympathy for this music in heartfelt interpretations that give voice to Howells’ personal and much under-rated genius for chamber music.

JEREMY DIBBLE | GRAMOPHONE

With great pleasure I have been listening to this two-CD set from EM Records... We have music of distinction and performances to match. A decisive view of how the structures must knit together... and considerable mental stamina from both players... are firmly implanted into the performances, and the passionate, lyrical dimension of this work [the B minor Sonata] comes over with natural candour... There is just the right amount of flexibility in the approach... and a velvety warmth to Marshall-Luck’s sound in the lower register. [These recordings] show this duo on magnificent form.

MARK TANNER | INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

Rupert Marshall-Luck’s account glows with fervour.

DAVID DENTON | THE STRAD

The quality of the performances here is such that Marshall-Luck and Rickard need not fear competition. These are surely reference performances.

JOHN QUINN | MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

A high point on this recording is the sweetly intense tone, rapt and concentrated, that Marshall-Luck produces in the second, slow movement [of the First Sonata]. [Marshall-Luck] has unfailingly located the apex of the sonata’s expressive heart, and sustains the mood in the finale’s opening... There is a 21-page booklet written by Paul Spicer and Marshall-Luck full of pertinent commentary and... the recording is fully sympathetic to the performances.

JONATHAN WOOLFE | MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

This double-disc set comprises the complete extant music for violin and piano of Herbert Howells, including his three already-published Violin Sonatas, the second of which has recently been restored to its original four-movement structure and which is presented on disc in this form for the first time; and several of the composer’s shorter works, three of which are also World Première recordings. The set also includes the monumental Sonata in B minor, a vibrant and colourful work, full of youthful vigour and red-blooded emotional expression; which, thanks to this recording, is now available for the first time for music enthusiasts the world over to savour.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO SAMPLES

CD1

Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
SONATA IN B MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
1. I. Lento, quasi recitative –  
2. Poco andante e molto moderato – Molto moderato, e cantabile – Più moto (Allegro) – Lento – Tempo primo (molto andante) – Molto moderato e cantabile – Poco lento, e quasi trista  
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3. II. Quasi lento, e molto espressivo – Più moto e agitato – Come primo (Quasi lento)  
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4. III. Molto moderato e sostenuto – Allegro moderato e maestoso – Più tranquillo – Più allegro – Tempo primo – Poco allegro e agitato – Allegro moderato – Molto allegro e con passione  
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5. SLOW AIR (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)  
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6. COUNTRY TUNE (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)  
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SONATA NR 2 IN E-FLAT MAJOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, op.26
7. I. Allegro moderato – Molto meno mosso  
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8.

II. Lento, assai espressivo  
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9. III. Allegro moderato, assai ritmico –  
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10. IV. Lento – Allegro molto, assai ritmico  
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BONUS TRACK
11. Alternative opening of Sonata in B minor for Violin and Piano    

CD2

SONATA NR 1 IN E MAJOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, op.18
1. I. Allegretto, sempre un poco rubato – Poco più mosso, agitato – Inquieto – Tempo primo –  
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2. II. Meno mosso – Più mosso, e ritmico –  
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3. III. Allegro molto – Più deciso – Poco meno mosso,
più espressivo –
 
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4. IV. Assai tranquillo – Più lento  
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5. CRADLE SONG (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)  
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6. LENTO, ASSAI ESPRESSIVO (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)  
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SONATA NR 3 IN E MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, op.38
7. I. Poco allegro, semplice – Più animato – Come primo – Meno mosso, tranquillo  
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8. II. Allegro moderato, assai ritmico  
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9. III. Vivace, assai ritmico – Poco meno mosso – Quasi tempo primo, più espressivo – Come primo – Tranquillo, meno mosso  
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THREE PIECES FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, op.28
10. Pastorale  
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11. Luchinushka  
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12. ‘Chosen’ Tune  
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