Release Date: 03/08/19
As a complement to EM Records' disc of piano music by Andrew Downes, this release features the composer's music for violin and viola in performances by Rupert Marshall-Luck and Duncan Honeybourne, including world premiÃ¨re recordings of the Violin Sonata, the Viola Sonata, and the work from which the disc takes its title, The God Marduk. Downes was a student of Herbert Howells and his work is characterised by influences absorbed from a wide variety of musical cultures, including Indian ragas, African drum-rhythms and Carolingian plainchant, these being fused to form a language that is rich in colour and vivid in the immediacy of its portrayals. This recording is a dramatic representation of Downes's art, ranging from the gentle lyricism of the second movement of the Violin Sonata, through the playful whimsy and implacable sternness of The God Marduk, to the devotional stillness and joyful assurance of the Sacred Mass for solo violin.
|Label: Em Records|
|Run Time: 60 mins|
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