EMR CD030 | DETAILS
  EMR CD030
   
  DREAM SHADOWS
  Rupert Marshall-Luck (vn) | Matthew Rickard (pf)
   
  EAN 5 060263 500278

‘Dream Shadows’ features the World Première recording of Frederick Septimus Kelly’s ‘Gallipoli’ Sonata for violin and piano. Kelly was born in 1881 in Australia and first came to the United Kingdom when he began his schooling at Eton College. Although a notable rower – he won a Gold Medal for Britain in the 1908 London Olympic Games – he was also a highly gifted composer. His Violin Sonata in G major was written for the violinist Jelly d’Aranyi and was composed in 1915 in Kelly’s tent at Gallipoli, hence the work’s appellation. Kelly wrote the Sonata not to express explicitly the horrors of war but rather to articulate his memories of the country in which he had spent his formative years and which had fostered his intellectual and creative development. In many respects it represents a farewell to a way of life; but it was also Kelly’s own farewell to d’Aranyi. The composer was killed on the Somme in 1916 and d’Aranyi later affirmed that, on the night he died, she heard the Sonata being played as if from a great distance.


This recording of the Gallipoli Sonata is, therefore, not only a fitting tribute to Kelly’s memory, but is also a commemoration of all those whose gifts and talents have been wasted by war.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO EXTRACTS
     

Arthur Somervell (1863–1937)
‘TWO CONVERSATIONS ABOUT BACH’ FOR TWO VIOLINS AND PIANO (1915)
(World Première recording)

   
1. I. Adagio e con molto espressivo  
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2. II. Andante con moto  
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Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881–1916)
SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO IN G MAJOR (‘GALLIPOLI’) (1915)

(World Première recording)

   
3. I. Allegro non troppo  
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4. II. Adagio con moto – Poco più andante – Allegretto dolente – Tempo primo – Poco più andante – Allegretto dolente – Animato (poco più andante) – Tempo primo –  
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5. III. GROUND. Allegro non troppo  
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Arnold Bax (1883–1953)

SECOND SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (1915)

   
6. I. FANTASY. Slow and gloomy – Allegro – Lento –  
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7. II. THE GREY DANCER IN THE TWILIGHT. Fast Valse measure – Slow
and serious –
 
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8. III. Very broad and concentrated –  
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9. IV. Allegro feroce – Più lento – Slow and serious – Allegro
feroce – Lento
 
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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.
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.
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