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TWO NEW RECORDINGS RELEASED

Following successful launches in December and January in London and Birmingham, two new recordings are now available, in both of which Rupert Marshall-Luck appears alongside the pianist Duncan Honeybourne.

 

‘The Wanderer’ (EMR CD050–52) is a conspectus of the complete violin-and-piano music of Sir Hubert Parry: the triple-disc set includes a number of World Première recordings, including the two Suites, the Freundschaftslieder – among the first pieces Parry completed in adult life – and a number of intriguing and characterful miniatures which were discovered among the composer’s manuscripts in the Bodelian Library, Oxford. The recording is dedicated to the memory of Parry’s great-granddaughter, The Hon. Laura Ponsonby, whose knowledge and enthusiasm were instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.

 

The God Marduk, a disc of works for violin and viola by Andrew Downes, is now also available. This includes World Première recordings of the Violin Sonata, the Viola Sonata, and the work from which the disc takes its title.  Downes was a student of Herbert Howells and his work is characterised by influences absorbed from a wide variety of musical cultures, including Indian rāgas, African drum-rhythms and Carolingian plainchant, these being fused to form a language that is rich in colour and vivid in the immediacy of its portrayals.  This recording is a dramatic representation of Downes’s art, ranging from the gentle lyricism of the second movement of the Violin Sonata, through the playful whimsy and implacable sternness of The God Marduk, to the devotional stillness and joyful assurance of the Sacred Mass for solo violin.

 

RECITAL TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA

In February 2019 Rupert Marshall-Luck will be undertaking a short recital tour of South Africa. Violin-and-piano recitals, for which Rupert will collaborate with South-Africa-based pianists Marnus Greyling and Ilse Myburgh, will take place in a number of venues, including the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria, and as part of established concert series, among them ‘Sundown at Northwards’ in Johannesburg; a concert for violin and organ will take place in St George’s Church in Johannesburg. Programmes will include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Kreisler, as well as performances with Em Marshall-Luck of two dramatic, characterful and thought-provoking works by Richard Pantcheff for violin and narrator: To Autumn and King Richard III.

 

NEW ELGAR EDITION TO BE RELEASED

A new scholarly-critical edition by Rupert Marshall-Luck of Elgar’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, op.82, will shortly be published by G. Henle Verlag of Munich.

 

Edward Elgar spent the summer of 1918 in the West Sussex countryside, where he and his wife, Alice, had rented a small cottage. In August he received reports of the approaching end of the First World War, and this good news so inspired him that he was able to finish an initial draft of his great Violin Sonata in barely four weeks. Writing about it in his diary, he notated laconically: “Wrote some music”. Alice was more enthusiastic: “E. writing wonderful new music, different from anything else of his”. This new Henle Urtext edition has been prepared through an examination and evaluation of all the work’s extant sources: the sketches, drafts, autograph fair copies, proofs and the first edition. The edition also includes a separate violin part with suggestions for fingerings and bowings by the editor.