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Lucy Russell

Lucy Russell

Lucy Russell is among the most distinguished of international violinists who have achieved eminence on both historical instruments and their ‘modern' counterparts. She became leader of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in 1995.



Bruckner: Quintet & Quartet
Bruckner: Quintet & Quartet
A historically informed performance of Bruckner's String Quintet with violist James Boyd. 

CKD 402  

J.S. Bach: Sonatas for violin & harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Sonatas for violin & harpsichord
John Butt and Lucy Russell deliver a personal and historically informed performance. 

CKD 433  

Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
A stunning collection of songs reminiscent of the idyllic English countryside. 

CKD 296  

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet
A beautiful and historically notable programme of Brahms, Mozart, Glazunov and Sweeny. 

BKD 278  

The Seven Last Words
The Seven Last Words
A passionate and sensitive performance of Haydn's famous work 'The Seven Last Words'. 

CKD 153  

Lucy Russell - violin

Lucy Russell is among the most distinguished of international violinists who have achieved eminence on both historical instruments and their ‘modern' counterparts, performing and recording music from Monteverdi to the present day with equal distinction and authority. She became leader of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in 1995, having first joined as second violinist following her graduation from York University seven years previously. With them she has performed all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, and South africa, as well as making recordings for Linn Records, Divine Art, the BBC, and various foreign radio stations. As a Baroque/Classical player she has recorded for Channel Classics, Hyperion, DG, and Decca, having been leader of Florilegium, Dunedin Consort, Concerto Caledonia, Classical Opera Company, Retrospect Ensemble, and the King's Consort, as well as a director of the Scottish Early Music Consort and a solo violinist in the New London Consort. When time allows she still leads such groups as Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, and has been invited to guest lead for the City Of London Sinfonia. She has been associate leader of Southern Sinfonia, and has also directed the Danish group Ensemble Zimmerman.

Russell has taught and given masterclasses all over the world - including The Czech Republic, the United States, Canada, South Africa, and Russia. Closer to home, she has worked at the Royal Academy of Music with the Modern Instrument Baroque Orchestra, and at Trinity College of Music, Royal Holloway College London, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, Birmingham Conservatoire, York University, The Royal Northern College of Music, St Mary's Music School Edinburgh, Pro Corda, Dartington Summer School, and Benslow Music. She is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music and Visiting Professor of Violin at the University of St Andrews.

Although born in Germany, of Scottish/Norwegian origin, she has lived mainly in London. Her studies began as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music, going on to take music degrees at York - where she gave the first British performance of the Norwegian composer Alfred Janson's violin concerto Forspil, based on Hardanger violin traditions - which instrument she also plays. Her violin is by Ferdinando Gagliano, made in Naples, Italy, in c1789.

Disc of the Week - two weeks in a row!
30 May 2015
on BBC Radio 3's CD Review
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
'...for sheer freshness, insight and life-enhancing joy, this newcomer goes to the top of the class alongside Rachel Podger and Trevor Pinnock, Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr.'
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The Sunday Times
' Russell's beautifully polished playing reveals an affecting relish for the music's searching expressivity, while Butt offers shapely, crisply articulated contributions...'
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The Strad
The Strad Recommends: 'Intellectual challenge and a spirit of Empfindsamkeit animate these magnificent new recordings...'
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Buxton Advertiser
'Yet the highlight of the concert was the two Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord (BWV 1019 and BWV 1015): they really captured the symmetry and the lucidity of the composer. Their joint performance was sustaining and brilliant.'


Gramophone
'Refreshing...These are immensely likable performances...'
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Brompton’s Fine & Rare Instruments
' And so it is therefore hardly surprising that such insight and integrity is to be found in the performance of specialists such as Russell and Butt.'
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Artistxite
,,John Butts dynamisches, aber betont kontrapunktisches Cembalo und Lucy Russells flüssiges, vibrato-armes Spiel und der warme Klang ihrer Gagliano-Geige harmonieren dabei exzellent miteinander.''
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Early Music Review
'Here Lucy Russell puts her own stamp on the works, giving a spirited and emotional rendering, and for that this recording is worth investing in.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
CD of the Week: 'the recorded sound is very good'
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The Guardian
'This is playing rooted in bulletproof scholarship, but the scrunchiest harmonies and most roguish dance rhythms always win out.'
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