EMR CD029 | DETAILS
  EMR CD029
   
  KING OF INSTRUMENTS | INSTRUMENT OF KINGS
  Rupert Marshall-Luck (vn) | Duncan Honeybourne (pf & org.)
   
  EAN 5 060263 500261

The use of the sobriquet ‘King of Instruments’ for the organ is well-known; and the violin was the instrument of the royal courts of Europe from the seventeenth century until after the Enlightenment. The chiasmus offered by the juxtaposition of these two instruments was thus irresistible as the title of a disc that features works for violin and organ or piano by three organist-composers: Herbert Sumsion, Harold Darke and Richard Pantcheff.

 

Composed early in their respective careers, the sonatas for violin and piano by Sumsion (organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1928 until 1967) and Darke (best-known for his setting of the carol ‘In the bleak Midwinter’) are full of zestful life and with a rich harmonic language that lends them depth and warmth. They are complemented on this recording by Richard Pantcheff’s Sonata for Violin and Organ, composed in 2010, and which casts the two instruments as partners in a dialogue that is full of lyricism, passion and energy.

 

Recorded in December 2014 in the Chapel of Jesus College, Cambridge, this disc highlights the Hudlestone Organ, built by the Swiss firm of Orgelbau Kuhn and installed in 2007.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO EXTRACTS
     

Herbert Sumsion (1899–1995)
SONATA IN E MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (World Première recording)

   
1. I. Allegro  
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2. II. Lento doloroso –  
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3. III. Allegro ma non troppo  
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Richard Pantcheff (b.1959)
SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND ORGAN, op.74 (World Première recording)
   
4. I. CANZONA: Liberamente e legato  
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5. II. ROMANZA: Tempo di rubato  
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6. III. TARANTELLA  
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Harold Darke (1888–1976)
SONATA NO.1 IN E MINOR FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (World Première recording)
7. I. Allegro maestoso  
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8. II. Andante sostenuto  
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9. III. Allegro con spirito  
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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.
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Duncan Honeybourne’s playing is astonishingly affectionate, yet never saccharine... Honeybourne plays with suave confidence.
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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.
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