VIOLINIST | VIOLIST | MUSICOLOGIST
The performances are first-rate, and violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck does double duty equally convincingly on the viola in the Chaconne... This is simply a compact disc not to be missed.
Fanfare
It’s hard to imagine that either concerto could have received stronger or more effective advocacy than from Marshall-Luck. Whenever the music demands it, his playing is deft and agile; but the most enduring memory is the poetry and feeling that he brings to the lyrical passages in which both works abound.
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL
Marshall-Luck’s technique and intonation are flawless... each work is projected with knowing sensitivity and communicative expression.
Fanfare
A searing performance by Marshall-Luck... an utterance of compressed energy, ideally realised.
International Record Review
Marshall-Luck plays with intense concentration. The result is magical.
Fanfare
deeply committed and discriminating performances ... Marshall-Luck’s ability to spin cantabile lines with the subtlest of phrasal inflections pays dividends
The Strad
Lionel Sainsbury’s ‘Soliloquy’ for solo violin ... grabbed my attention from the opening rhetorical flourish and sustained it thereafter ... this was due in no small measure to the bravura playing of Rupert Marshall-Luck.
MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Rupert Marshall-Luck is a charismatic performer... with the right amount of flamboyance to project this music with passion, intelli-gence and authority

BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY
These performances meet the often considerable challenges of their respective pieces head on. Rupert Marshall-Luck, in particular, proves as adept in an overtly contemporary idiom as in those of the early twentieth century with which he is most associated.
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW
Marshall-Luck plays with ideal purity over the widest range
Gramophone
an ideal combination of enterprising programming, some impressive musical archaeology, and superb playing
International Record Review
his musicianship offers full-throated, gloss-free fullness of tone which would impress in any context
BBC Music Magazine
These performances are highly skilled and completely dedicated and immersed.
Musicweb International

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World Première Violin Concertos disc released
EMR CD023

Rupert Marshall-Luck’s new recording of Violin Concertos by Charles Villiers Stanford and Robin Milford is now available.

 

The Violin Concerto by Robin Milford was composed in 1937 and received two radio broadcasts – but was laid aside and forgotten following the early death of its composer.  Possibly it was a victim of the trend then prevalent towards the programming of fiercely avant-garde compositions, both in concert halls and on the BBC, but its strongly melodic basis, its heady lyricism, and its passionate declamations make it a work undeserving of its neglect.

 

Although more evidently rooted in the Austro-Germanic tradition of Bruch and Brahms, the Violin Concerto no.2 of Charles Villiers Stanford is no less a fascinating work.  Composed in 1918, yet left only in a short-score form upon the composer’s death in 1924, it was finally completed in 2011 by the noted Stanford scholar Jeremy Dibble, who used his expert knowledge of Stanford’s compositional methods to realise the orchestration and thus to make the work performable in its intended context.  The Concerto is especially memorable for the warmly glowing second movement, which seems to recall an Irish folk melody, whilst the inspired dialogue between solo violin and clarinet that characterises the central section provides a movingly effective complement.

 

This recording took place in January 2014 at Watford Colosseum with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, and Rupert Marshall-Luck as soloist.

 

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Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)
VIOLIN CONCERTO NO.2 IN G MINOR, op.162 (1918)

 

II. Andante  
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Recorded in association with BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Lionel Sainsbury’s ‘Soliloquy’ featured on
US radio station documentary

Rupert Marshall-Luck’s recording of ‘Soliloquy’ for solo violin by Lionel Sainsbury has been played on the US radio station KUSC during a documentary about the composer and his work, hosted by Jim Svejda on ‘The Evening Program’. Other works featured included the Violin Concerto in a performance by Lorraine McAslan and the BBC Concert Orchestra; and pieces from Sainsbury’s recently-released recording ‘Sunlight and Storms’ (Navona Records: NV5951).

 

Jim Svejda’s interview with Lionel Sainsbury about ‘Soliloquy’ can be heard using the media player below. Marshall-Luck’s recording can be heard on EM Records: EMR CD011.

The Evening Program with Jim Svejda | 17 July 2014 | 9pm PST  
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EMR CD019–20 selected as Recording of the Month

EM Records’ disc of the complete works for violin and piano by Herbert Howells, recorded by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard, has been selected as ‘Recording of the Month’ for May 2014 by MusicWeb International. Reviewer John Quinn highlighted the ‘reference performances’, stating that ‘the quality is such that Marshall-Luck and Rickard need not fear competition’.

 

The full review can be read on the website of MusicWeb International by following this link.

Gurney Sonata provides setting for BBC Four
documentary

Ivor Gurney’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat major was used as the setting for ‘The Poet who loved the War: Ivor Gurney’, broadcast in March on BBC Four. Written and presented by Tim Kendall, the moving and thought-provoking hour-long documentary examined Gurney’s poetry and music and the ways in which both were influenced by the events he experienced and the people he met during the First World War. Several excerpts from the Violin Sonata were used, and these were taken from the World Première recording of the work on EM Records (EMR CD011), performed by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard.

 

The sections of the film for which the Sonata provides a setting can be seen in a compilation on the VIDEOS page.

Howells recording now released

A double-disc set of the music of Herbert Howells, recorded by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard, has now been released on the EM Records label. The recording 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.

 

Click here for more details of the recording; or use the media player below to listen to an extract.

 

Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
SONATA IN B MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

 

III. ...Molto allegro e con passione  
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New recording of works by Granville Bantock, Sacheverell Coke and Cyril Scott
EMR CD018

A new recording of three vigorous, dramatic and colourful works by three unique, charismatic and colourful composers, performed by Rupert Marshall-Luck and pianist Matthew Rickard, has been released by EM Records.

 

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.

 

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Roger Sacheverell Coke (1912–1972)
SONATA no.1 IN D MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

 

I. Poco lento – Allegro ritmico  
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New edition of Elgar’s ‘Salut d’Amour’
Rupert Marshall-Luck has recently been commissioned by G. Henle Verlag of Munich to prepare a new Urtext edition of Elgar's popular salon piece ‘Salut d'Amour’. The edition, which will be issued in 2014, will comprise the authorised versions for solo piano and for violin and piano. The violin part will reproduce Elgar's own fingering and bowing marks, as well as offering alternative suggestions designed by the editor according to modern technical practice.