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Granville Bantock:  Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano in C Major

Cyril Scott: Sonata for Viola and Piano (World Premiére recording)

Roger Sacheverell Coke: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in D Minor

(World Premiére recording)

Rupert Marshall-Luck (Violin); Matthew Rickard (Piano)


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Review of recording by MusicWeb International

This is a perceptively selected trio of British string sonatas. All the works were written within a thirteen year period and indeed the Bantock and Sacheverell Coke sonatas were almost contemporaneously composed. ... Bantock’s last violin sonata is well worth getting to know. ... [It is] explored with a sense of flowing rhapsody by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Matthew Rickard. They are keen to let each phrase speak, keen too not to hurry or become too terse with Bantock’s syntax. The spacious misterioso piano harmonies of the second movement, called ‘The Dryad’, sound especially evocative in this reading from Marshall-Luck and Rickard. ... The recording at Wyastone Leys is quite airy and offers a wide stage space. The notes are up to EM Record’s very high standards. Do try to listen to this disc if you have an interest in ‘mid-century’ British chamber music.

Jonathan Woolf

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Review of recording by Gramophone

The works on the disc have been shrewdly chosen. ... [The Sacheverell Coke is] a piece that richly deserves this revival and like the other two works, inspiring Rupert Marshall-Luck on violin and viola and Matthew Rickard at the piano to give warmly committed performances, well recorded. An excellent issue.

Edward Greenfield

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“An excellent issue”