EMR CD047 | DETAILS
SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE IN MARCH 2018
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  EMR CD047
   
 

OF SUCH ECSTATIC SOUND
Sherwood: Concerto for Violin & Cello
Cowen: Symphony no.5


  BBC Concert Orchestra
John Andrews (cond.)
Rupert Marshall-Luck (vn) | Joseph Spooner (vc)
   
   

Sherwood’s Concerto for Violin and Cello was written at the height of his career in Germany, being completed in 1908; evidently influenced in some measure by the Double Concerto of Brahms, the work is, nevertheless, characterised by very different harmonies and textures and a distinctly late Romantic lyricism.  Intricately crafted, it displays a dramatic verve in its outer movements that complements the passionate lyricism of the second movement.  It is presented on this disc alongside Frederic Cowen’s Symphony no.5 – composed at the request of the Cambridge University Musical Society and first performed under Cowen’s baton in 1887, it received its first professional performance later that year at a Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Concert.  It is a work full of colour, songfulness, energy and drama.

TRACK LISTING
     
Percy Sherwood (1866–1939)
CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN, CELLO AND ORCHESTRA (World Première recording)
1. Allegro    
2. Andante    
3. FINALE: Allegro molto vivace    
       
Frederic Hymen Cowen (1852–1935)
SYMPHONY NO.5 IN F MINOR (World Première recording)
4. Molto sostenuto e maestoso – Allegro, poco tranquillo    
5. Allegretto, quasi allegro    
6. Adagio molto sostenuto    
7. Allegro con fuoco, ma deciso    

 

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