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  EMR CD019–20
   
  Howells: THE COMPLETE WORKS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
  Rupert Marshall-Luck (vn) | Matthew Rickard (pf)
   
  Release date: 24 April 2014 | EAN 5 060263 500179

This double-disc set comprises 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 are also World Première recordings. The set also includes the Sonata in B minor, a vibrant and colourful work, full of youthful vigour and red-blooded emotional expression; which, thanks to this recording, is now available for the first time for music enthusiasts the world over to savour.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO EXTRACTS
     

CD1

     
Herbert Howells (1892–1983)
SONATA IN B MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (1911) (World Première recording)
1. I. Lento, quasi recitative –    
2. Poco andante e molto moderato – Molto moderato, e cantabile – Più moto (Allegro) – Lento – Tempo primo (molto andante) – Molto moderato e cantabile – Poco lento, e quasi trista  
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3. II. Quasi lento, e molto espressivo – Più moto e agitato – Come primo (Quasi lento)  
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4. III. Molto moderato e sostenuto – Allegro moderato e maestoso – Più tranquillo – Più allegro – Tempo primo – Poco allegro e agitato – Allegro moderato – Molto allegro e con passione  
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5. ‘SLOW AIR’ (World Première recording)  
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6. ‘COUNTRY TUNE’ (World Première recording)  
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SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO NO.2 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP.26 (1917)
7. I. Allegro moderato – Molto meno mosso  
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8. II. Lento, assai espressivo  
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9. III. Allegro moderato, assai ritmico –  
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10. IV. Lento – Allegro molto, assai ritmico  
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BONUS TRACK
11. Alternative opening of Sonata in B minor for Violin and Piano    
       
       

CD2

       
SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO NO.1 IN E MAJOR, OP.18 (1918)  
1. I. Allegretto, sempre un poco rubato – Poco più mosso, agitato – Inquieto – Tempo primo –  
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2. II. Meno mosso – Più mosso, e ritmico –  
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3. III. Allegro molto – Più deciso – Poco meno mosso, più espressivo –  
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4. IV. Assai tranquillo – Più lento  
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5. ‘CRADLE SONG’  
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6. ‘LENTO, ASSAI ESPRESSIVO’ (World Première recording)  
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SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO NO.3 IN E MINOR, OP.38 (1923)  
7. I. Poco allegro, semplice – Più animato – Come primo – Meno mosso, tranquillo  
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8. II. Allegro moderato, assai ritmico  
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9. III. Vivace, assai ritmico – Poco meno mosso – Quasi tempo primo, più espressivo – Come primo – Tranquillo, meno mosso  
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THREE PIECES FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO, OP.28  
10. ‘Pastorale’  
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11. ‘Luchinushka’  
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12. ‘Chosen’ Tune  
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