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RECORDING OF SWEDISH VIOLIN SONATAS PLANNED

The two Violin-and-Piano Sonatas of the Swedish composer Otto Olsson (1879 – 1964) are real discoveries: works of full-blooded passion, tender lyricism, and spectacular virtuosity. Rupert Marshall-Luck is delighted to be recording them for the US-based label Sono Luminus; the sessions will take place at the label’s own studio in Virginia and are scheduled for April 2022.

TUTL RECORDS DISC NOW AVAILABLE

Following a highly successful launch at the Danish Embassy in London in October 2019, a disc of intriguingly individual and engaging works for solo violin by Faroese composers is now available on the Tutl Records label.

 

The disc, entitled Soul, features music by Kári Bæk, Kristian Blak, Edvard Nyholm Debess and Sunleif Rasmussen, and was recorded in the presence of the composers at Studio Bloch in the Faroese capital, Tórshavn, last April, the sessions followed with a concert in the newly-constructed – and acoustically superb – Aulan í Finsen. The five works, while all remaining true to the inherent qualities of the instrument, nevertheless emphasise and exploit very different aspects of its character; while the “soul” of the Faroes is also explored through depictions of their landscapes and references to Faroese legends.

 

 

THE SOLO VIOLIN MUSIC OF GRAHAM WHETTAM

Rupert Marshall-Luck’s new recording for EM Records of the complete solo-violin music of Graham Whettam is now released. A person of great integrity, Whettam was a composer prolific in many genres; he was also the longest serving Chairman of the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain and in this role was responsible for fostering understanding, musical performance and the exchange of ideas between people from many different countries. Spanning a period of over 40 years, his works for solo violin are informed and directed by compositional rigour, technical assurance and an analytical musical grammar, but, at the same time, are full of vivid colour, dramatic inventiveness and, above all, a sense of deep humanity. This recording promises vital, committed and imaginative readings of these powerful and moving compositions.

 

The disc is available for purchase through the EM Records website and also from all other good online music retailers.

 

 

NEW ELGAR EDITION RELEASED

A new scholarly-critical edition by Rupert Marshall-Luck of Elgar’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, op.82, has recently been 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.