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Rubbra: String Quartets Nos.1-4

Audio Samples

>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 2 in E Flat, Op 73
>Rubbra, Edmund : Lyric Movement for piano quintet, Op. 24
>Rubbra, Edmund : Meditations on a Byzantine Hymn "O Quando in Cruce" for 2 violas, Op. 117a
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 4, Op 150
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 1 in F Minor, Op. 35
>Rubbra, Edmund : Improvisation, for cello, Op.124
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 3, Op. 112
>Rubbra, Edmund : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor Op. 60

Album Summary

>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 2 in E Flat, Op 73
>Rubbra, Edmund : Lyric Movement for piano quintet, Op. 24
>Rubbra, Edmund : Meditations on a Byzantine Hymn "O Quando in Cruce" for 2 violas, Op. 117a
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 4, Op 150
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 1 in F Minor, Op. 35
>Rubbra, Edmund : Improvisation, for cello, Op.124
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 3, Op. 112
>Rubbra, Edmund : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor Op. 60
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Notes & Reviews:

Edmund Rubbra's String Quartets span his career, running from 1933 to 1977. The second is possibly the best known, but as a group they make an unmissable pendant to the symphonies. Possibly the most important string quartet cycle by any British composer, these Dutton recordings by the Dante Quartet enjoyed a very positive critical reception when they first appeared and have now been re-packaged as a specially-priced boxed set.

"Not so much a reissue as a repackaging of two CDs previously available separately. The Dante's rendition of Rubbra's four quartets is superb, but the gem here is Pierre Doumenge and Michael Dussek's account of the Cello Sonata." -BBC Music Magazine (*****)



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Works Details

>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 2 in E Flat, Op 73
  • Notes: Maltings, Snape (05/14/2001-05/16/2001)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1951

>Rubbra, Edmund : Lyric Movement for piano quintet, Op. 24
  • Performer: Michael Dussek (Piano)
  • Notes: Maltings, Snape (05/14/2001-05/16/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Rubbra, Edmund : Meditations on a Byzantine Hymn "O Quando in Cruce" for 2 violas, Op. 117a
  • Performers: Krysia Osostowicz (Viola); Judith Busbridge (Viola)
  • Notes: Maltings, Snape (05/14/2001-05/16/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 4, Op 150
  • Notes: Maltings, Snape (05/14/2001-05/16/2001)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1977

>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 1 in F Minor, Op. 35
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (04/14/2002-04/17/2000)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1933

>Rubbra, Edmund : Improvisation, for cello, Op.124
  • Performer: Pierre Doumenge (Cello)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (04/14/2002-04/17/2000)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 3, Op. 112
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (04/14/2002-04/17/2000)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1963

>Rubbra, Edmund : Sonata for cello & piano in G minor Op. 60
  • Performers: Michael Dussek (Piano); Pierre Doumenge (Cello)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (04/14/2002-04/17/2000)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946