a work of searing beauty, masterly orchestration and emotional profundity – one of the greatest violin concertos to have emerged from these musically fecund shores; only once heard, never recorded – lost to generations. It is this work, Robin Milford’s Violin Concerto, that pioneering label EM Records will now resurrect, allowing it inspirational delights to be heard again at last.
Its companion piece 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, which will take place early in 2014 at Watford Colosseum with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes, and violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck, whose recent discs for EM Records have met with glowing critical acclaim, will be by far the most ambitious project that EM Records has been privileged to undertake. We need your help to make this recording the outstanding success we know it will be. Please join with us in celebrating these two remarkable concertos and assist us in enabling them see the light of day, thus bringing joy and pleasure to music-lovers worldwide.
Our promotional video for this project can be viewed using the player below. This short film features an interview with the Director of EM Records, Em Marshall-Luck; and an extract from the beautiful second movement of Stanford’s Violin Concerto no.2, performed in the composer’s own version for violin and piano by Rupert Marshall‑Luck and David Owen Norris.
HERBERT HOWELLS: THE COMPLETE MUSIC FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
In March 2014 EM Records will issue a double-disc set comprising 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 was recorded in this form for the first time; and several of the composer's shorter works, three of which will also be World Première recordings. The set will also include the Sonata in B minor, a vibrant and colourful work, full of youthful vigour and red-blooded emotional expression; which, thanks to this recording, will shortly be available for the first time for music enthusiasts the world over to savour.
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE
We are inviting music enthusiasts to contribute to the success of these exciting and groundbreaking new recordings by becoming subscribers. For a suggested minimum donation of £50 per disc, supporters will receive the following:
|A mention as a named subscriber in the CD booklet|
|A pair of free tickets to the launch event|
|A complimentary signed copy of the CD immediately upon its release|
To subscribe to either or both of these new releases, please enter on the form below the amount you would like to donate and click the ADD TO CART button beneath the form. You will then be able to review your donation before proceeding to the payment stage.
Alternatively, should you prefer to subscribe by cheque, please open and print the appropriate PDF file using the links below:
|EMR CD019–20 | Herbert Howells: The Complete Music for Violin and Piano|
|EMR CD023 | Violin Concertos by Charles Villiers Stanford and Robin Milford|
EMR CD005 | MusicWeb International