Extracts from the 'Five Pieces' for Violin and Piano by Gustav Holst, performed by Rupert Marshall-Luck (violin) and Matthew Rickard (piano) and issued on the label EM Records (EMR CD006).

It is not known when Holst composed these five short works for violin and piano, but they were published separately by various houses between 1902 and 1904. Of the five, only the Valse-Étude is known to have received a public performance during Holst’s lifetime, and upon the title-page of the published score is emblazoned the legend “Dedicated to and Played by/Miss Marie Hall”. Marie Hall also made, in 1924, a recording of the work for The Gramophone Company with the pianist Marguerite Tilleard.

Although Holst’s mature compositional voice was yet to emerge, these colourful and characterful pieces are excellently well-crafted examples of their genre. They were rediscovered by Rupert Marshall-Luck and his scholarly-critical edition has been published by EM Publishing (EMP SP001).

For more details of the groundbreaking label EM Records, please visit em-records.com, where a full catalogue is available. The artists' websites may be seen at rupertluck.com and matthewrickard.co.uk.

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