DISC SUBSCRIPTIONS

Many of our exciting and groundbreaking discs could not be recorded if it were not for the generosity of subscribers. For a suggested minimum donation of £50, supporters to a disc receive the following:

 

A mention as a named subscriber in the CD booklet
A pair of free tickets to the launch event, held at a major venue
A complimentary signed copy of the CD immediately upon its release

 

Details of each disc for which we are currently inviting subscriptions are given below, along with a description of how to subscribe.

C. HUBERT H. PARRY: THE COMPLETE WORKS FOR VIOLIN & PIANO

 

It is easy to overlook, or at least to underestimate, the revivifying effect of Parry’s work. His music was a refreshing, invigorating contrast to the reactionary environment that prevailed in British music through the first half of the nineteenth century. This new voice stemmed largely from the wider, continental European influences to which Parry was exposed as a student of Edward Dannreuther: a champion of Brahms, Liszt and Wagner, Dannreuther instituted a series of chamber music concerts at his London home, which provided both a stimulus for Parry’s own important assays into the genre of chamber music and a vehicle for their first performances.

 

This conspectus of Parry’s works for violin and piano ranges from the early and unpublished ‘Freundschaftslieder’ of 1872 to the Suite no.2 of 1907, and will therefore provide a fascinating chart of their composer’s progress from a young man, eager to hone his craft, to an established and respected musician, academic and teacher. His music for this genre expresses a wide range of emotions: they are wistful and elegiac; beautifully and memorably lyrical; exuberantly energetic; and full-bloodedly and assuredly celebratory.

 

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C. Hubert H. Parry: The Complete Works for Violin & Piano

RICHARD III | CD AND DVD

 

A generous-minded leader; a superb military strategist; or an opportunistic villain: all these interpretations – and more – may be brought to bear on Richard III, one of the most controversial monarchs in British history. The English Music Festival has recently commissioned four new works for solo violin from some of the UK’s foremost composers which use as their inspiration the life and historical perspectives of Richard III; and, following their World Première performances at the EMF’s Autumn Yorkshire Festival, EM Records plans to commit these engaging and thought-provoking works to disc. The recording will feature the acclaimed violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck and will be made in the Church of St Mary and St Alkeda in Middleham – the church at which Richard III himself worshipped during his periods of residence at Middleham Castle.

 

Funds permitting, and further to the CD recording, EM Records intends to produce a DVD also to be shot in Middleham Church, featuring performances of the works with extended materials including interviews with the composers and footage of the church and town with its Richard III associations.

 

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Richard III | CD and DVD

VIRTUOSO WORKS FOR SOLO VIOLIN

 

Paganini and Bach are the two pillars of the solo-violin genre, the former’s 24 Caprices and the latter’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas being essential parts of any violinist’s repertoire. British composers have also responded to these influences; and this new recording from EM Records features works by Edward Elgar, whose fiery and technically complex ‘Études caractéristiques’ date from the early part of his career; and Donald Francis Tovey, who, in his emotionally wideranging ‘Sonata eroica’, pays homage to Bach. The disc also presents a selection of the Virtuosic Studies by Albert Sammons, the violinist who recorded benchmark discs of Elgar’s Violin Sonata and Concerto and who made a highly significant contribution to British violin-playing in the early years of the twentieth century. These are being recorded here for the first time.

 

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EROICA: Virtuosic works for solo violin

 

REVIEWS
Beautifully shaped by Benjamin Frith... Beguiling sounds, graced by the tawny richness and unexaggerated line of Richard Jenkinson’s cello playing... The sense of purpose and sureness of line of Ian Venables’ music is pure oxygen.
EMR CD31 | BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Exquisitely rewarding... Ravishing accounts.
EMR CD029 | CHOIR AND ORGAN
This is music of great beauty and integrity and the performances fully do it justice. It would be criminal to let it pass you by.

EMR CD028 | INTERNATIONAL
RECORD REVIEW

The Bridge Quartet approach these pieces with a sympathetic and insightful warmth, and confirm their ambassadorial credentials for British chamber music. A lovely, radiant disc.
EMR CD025 | Gramophone
Duncan Honeybourne’s playing is astonishingly affectionate, yet never saccharine... Honeybourne plays with suave confidence.
EMR CD024 | INTERNATIONAL PIANO
Rupert Marshall-Luck is an ideal interpreter: generously but not effusively lyrical; agile and athletic... The warm, folk-song like slow movement is at times almost painfully beautiful, with a shimmering pastoral central section... Marshall-Luck is, again, indefatigable and keenly picks up on the work’s melancholic strain.  Finely recorded and with comprehensive booklet notes, this is a must for fans of 20th-century English repertoire.
EMR CD023 | THE STRAD