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IMAGINE: a work of searing beauty, masterly orchestration and emotional profundity; only once heard, never recorded – lost to generations. It is this work, Robin Milford’s Violin Concerto, that the pioneering label EM Records is to resurrect, allowing its inspirational delights to be heard again at last.
Its companion work will be no less a ground-breaking recording. Stanford’s exquisite Second Violin Concerto shows the power of its composer at his most authoritative and expressive. Dramatic intensity, high virtuosity and melting lyricism combine to glorious effect in this recently-discovered treasure.
This recording will take place in January 2014 at Watford Colosseum with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Rupert Marshall-Luck as soloist.
THE VIOLIN SONATA IN B MINOR OF HERBERT HOWELLS is to receive its World Première performance in September at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham (pictured left), as part of a recital given by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard. The event has been highlighted in ‘The Strad’, for which article Marshall-Luck was interviewed. The duo will be recording the work, alongside the published three Violin Sonatas of the same composer, for EM Records in November.
To read ‘The Strad’ article, please click here. Tickets for the recital, to take place on Friday 20 September, are available from the website of The English Music Festival by following this link.
Full details of the recital, including the full programme, may be seen on this page.
The WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING of the Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat major by Ivor Gurney, which was given its first concert performance in 2011 by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard, was released on 1 February on the the label EM Records.
The Sonata, dating from 1919, is a work of great intensity which combines expressive lyricism, passionate declamation and introspective quietitude. It is presented alongside Elgar’s well-loved Violin Sonata in E minor (its almost exact contemporary) and ‘Soliloquy’, a virtuosic and dramatic single-movement composition for solo violin by Lionel Sainsbury. This first recording of Gurney’s work has attracted much interest, a discussion with Rupert Marshall-Luck about the Sonata appearing in the January edition of ‘Classical Music’ and a further interview scheduled for publication in ‘Fanfare Magazine’ in the USA in July.
Click here for more details of the recording; or use the media player below to listen to an extract.
Ivor Gurney (1890–1937)
SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO IN E-FLAT MAJOR
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The recently released recording of Gurney’s Violin Sonata in E-flat, Sainsbury’s ‘Soliloquy’ for solo violin, and Elgar's Violin Sonata in E minor has been named as a RECORDING OF THE MONTH for February 2013 by MusicWeb International. The review, by John Quinn, highlights the “splendid and dedicated performance” of the Gurney, and expresses the view that “this disc... may be [EM Records’] most important release to date”.
To read the review in full, please follow this link.
EM Publishing has recently issued the score of the Violin Sonata in E-flat major by Ivor Gurney, which appears in print for the first time. Edited by Rupert Marshall-Luck, the scholarly-critical edition (EMP SP004) presents the score and separate violin part alongside a full Editorial Commentary. A supplementary violin part, incorporating the editor’s recommended bowings, is available within a separate volume (EMP SP004-2V). Further details are available on this page.