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EMR CD001

EM RECORDS | EMR CD001

 

THE MONK AND THE WARRIOR
Sonatas for Violin and Piano by BLISS, WALFORD DAVIES & YORK BOWEN

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck (vn) | Matthew Rickard (pf)

 

EAN 5 060263 500001

This is an outstanding disc.

JOHN QUINN | MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Marshall-Luck’s musicianship offers full-throated, gloss-free fullness of tone which would impress in any context.

MALCOLM HAYES | BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

Marshall-Luck and Rickard offer an ideal combination of enterprising programming, some impressive musical archaeology, and superb playing.

NIGEL SIMEONE | INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

Fine and committed performances, and a full and well-balanced recording.

COLIN ANDERSON | CLASSICAL SOURCE

These performances are highly skilled and completely dedicated and immersed.

ROB BARNETT | MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

EM Records’ first release contains two World Première recordings together with an unjustly-neglected work. The Violin Sonatas by Arthur Bliss and Henry Walford Davies have languished in manuscript form for over one hundred years, and were performed at the 2010 English Music Festival to an enthralled audience by regular EMF artists Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard. These works are presented alongside the opulent and darkly turbulent Violin Sonata by York Bowen.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO SAMPLES

Sir Arthur Bliss (1891–1975)
SONATA FOR PIANO AND VIOLIN (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
1. Moderato e semplice – Più mosso – Tempo I – Più lento e molto tranquillo  
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Sir Henry Walford Davies (1869–1941)
SONATA IN A MAJOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING)
2. I. Poco agitato (quasi Allegro) – Allegro semplice – Meno allegro  
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3. II. SCHERZO: Allegro giocoso  
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4. III. THE MONK AND THE WARRIOR: Largo – Poco più mosso – [Tempo I]  
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5. IV. Allegro – Tranquillo – Tempo I – Tranquillo – Allegro (tempo del movimento primo) – Presto – Prestissimo possibile  
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York Bowen (1884–1961)
SONATA IN E MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, op.112
6. I. Maestoso – Allegro commodo  
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II. Lento ad libitum e languido – Tempo poco lento – Poco più andante – Poco più mosso  
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8. III. Allegro con fuoco  
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