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EMR CD029

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KING OF INSTRUMENTS; INSTRUMENT OF KINGS

Sonatas for Violin and Piano and Violin and Organ

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck (vn) | Duncan Honeybourne (pf & org)

 

EAN 5 060263 500261

The performances are as satisfying and as confidently magisterial as the recording quality, which never misses a beat in its clarity and strength.  We should never take the redoubtable Rupert Marshall-Luck for granted.  Here is a man who continues to introduce us to works that the years have discarded and trodden down.  He brings them to us not as something fusty and dusty but as precious and joyous.  His work at the EMF in this and previous years and his many previous discs leave us in no doubt of his great artistry and advocacy.  It’s an extraordinary heritage that he is laying down.

ROB BARNETT | MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

The use of the sobriquet ‘King of Instruments’ for the organ is well-known; and the violin was the instrument of the royal courts of Europe from the seventeenth century until after the Enlightenment. The chiasmus offered by the juxtaposition of these two instruments was thus irresistible as the title of a disc that features works for violin and organ or piano by three organist-composers: Herbert Sumsion, Harold Darke and Richard Pantcheff.

 

Composed early in their respective careers, the sonatas for violin and piano by Sumsion (organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1928 until 1967) and Darke (best-known for his setting of the carol ‘In the bleak Midwinter’) are full of zestful life and with a rich harmonic language that lends them depth and warmth. They are complemented on this recording by Richard Pantcheff’s Sonata for Violin and Organ, composed in 2010, and which casts the two instruments as partners in a dialogue that is full of lyricism, passion and energy.

 

Recorded in December 2014 in the Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge, this disc highlights the Hudlestone Organ, built by the Swiss firm of Orgelbau Kuhn and installed in 2007.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO SAMPLES

Herbert Sumsion (1899–1995)
SONATA IN E MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
1. I. Allegro  
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2. II. Lento doloroso –  
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3. III. Allegro ma non troppo  
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Richard Pantcheff (b.1959)
SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND ORGAN, op.74 (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
4. I. CANZONA: Liberamente e legato  
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5. II. ROMANZA: Tempo di rubato  
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6. III. TARANTELLA  
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Harold Darke (1888–1976)
SONATA NR 1 IN E MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
7. I. Allegro maestoso  
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II. Andante sostenuto  
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9. III. Allegro con spirito  
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