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
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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Moeran Violin Concerto performance
at The English Music Festival
e.j. moeran’s violin concerto is one of the most sumptuously beautiful, atmospheric and evocative examples of its genre and its growing popularity with violinists and audiences is well-deserved. Rupert Marshall-Luck will be the soloist in a performance of the work on 23 May 2014 in the opening concert of The English Music Festival with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates. The concert, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, will also include the World Première performances of works by Bax, Boughton and Vaughan Williams. For more details, please visit the Events page.
Malta International Masterclasses
Rupert Marshall-Luck will be the Violin Professor for the Malta International Masterclasses, which are held in Valetta during the second half of July and which culminate in the Malta International Music Competition. For more details, please visit the dedicated website: www.vfimf.com.
‘Tales from the Stave’
On 28 March Rupert Marshall-Luck will be recording an episode for the forthcoming BBC Radio 4 series of ‘Tales from the Stave’. The programme, which will be recorded at The Elgar Birthplace Museum, will explore Elgar’s well-known salon piece ‘Salut d’Amour’ and will focus especially on the discoveries that Rupert has made in the course of preparing his new scholarly-critical edition for G. Henle Verlag of Munich. The programme will be presented by Frances Fyfield and will be broadcast this summer.
Violin Concertos disc recorded with the
BBC Concert Orchestra
EMR CD023

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 beon the disc is 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 took place in January 2014 at Watford Colosseum with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, and Rupert Marshall-Luck as soloist; and is scheduled for release in May 2014.

 

Recorded in association with BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Concert Orchestra

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.

 

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

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

 

I. Poco lento – Allegro ritmico  
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EM Records discs given radio airtime
Two of Rupert Marshall-Luck’s CDs for EM Records were recently given airtime on radio stations abroad. On 24 May, the Sonata in E-flat major by Ivor Gurney (from EMR CD011) was played on ‘The Evening Program’, presented by Jim Svejda on California’s Classical KUSC network; whilst on 14 June and 2 July the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ABC Classic FM broadcast two works from EMR CD006: Walford Davies’s Violin Sonata no.1 in E-flat major and Holst’s Five Pieces respectively. On 16 August, Holst’s Five Pieces received another broadcast, this time on Espace 2 on Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS).
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.
Gurney Violin Sonata newly published

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.