… I am tempted to mix a metaphor or two and say that it is the filling in the sandwich that almost steals the show. Lionel Sainsbury’s Soliloquy, Op.21, for unaccompanied violin, is a terrific discovery, a real virtuoso showpiece that also has a great deal to say. Lasting only just over seven minutes, its marriage of passionate statement involving much sweeping figuration across the full range of the instrument, and vigorously impulsive upbeats leading to frequently double-stopped melodic utterances, suggests a comprehensive understanding of the instrument. The title is a good one, suggestive of Shakespearian musings and self-examination: it seems to fit what we hear. Intensely violinistic, the piece is given a searing performance by Marshall-Luck, who convinces one that its comparatively short span contains an utterance of compressed energy, ideally realised.
: Gurney, Sainsbury, Elgar: Works for violin & piano