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Rubbra: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 4

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>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 1 in F Minor, Op. 35
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 3, Op. 112
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 4, Op 150

Album Summary

>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 1 in F Minor, Op. 35
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 3, Op. 112
>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 4, Op 150
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Notes & Reviews:

The Maggini Quartet's Naxos recording of Edmund Rubbra's String Quartet No. 2 was praised as 'superbly integrated... undeniably a great success' by Gramophone. His remaining three string quartets, heard here, mark Rubbra as a great English composer whose music boasts an inexhaustible sense of freshness and an abiding sense of optimism. The Maggini Quartet's Naxos recordings of English string quartets have gained numerous awards and nominations from Gramophone, Diapason and the GRAMMYS.

"Too often bracketed with the English pastoral school, Edmund Rubbra (1901-86) was a highly individual voice in British music...This is surely music that will grow in stature, especially through these committed performances." -The Observer

"[In the Third Quartet] one appreciates even more clearly what members of the Maggini Quartet say in the booklet-note: that Rubbra's quartet-writing displays satisfying organic development in the way that the themes evolve...This disc marks yet another superb contribution to the Magginis' survey of British string quartets." -Gramophone Magazine

"If you like your music written by a strong, but not strident musical personality, with faultlessly clear and clean technique to match, then these three string quartets offer something special...There performances are as expected from the fine Maggini Quartet: firm-toned but never too severe, balanced to near-perfection." -BBC Music Magazine****

"this collection of the remainder sustains the impression of music that is beautifully conceived and crafted...the performances have all the usual Maggini finesse, a lean clarity and responsiveness." -The Guardian***

International Record Review
Rubbra's music, once absorbed will never leave you and the Maggini's performance would have earned his undying admiration... A most strongly recommended and important pair of CDs...

American Record Guide
The Third Quartet (1963) has the song at its heart. In I, there is some (likely incidental) resemblance to Shostakovich in the half-steps and flattened scale degrees. II is searching and unsettled but never pessimistic... The balance, as I said, is a little off, but the overall sound is good, and the quartet plays with subtle phrasing and good variety of tone. Notes in English.

Gramophone
This disc completes the Naxos cycle of the four quartets of Edmund Rubbra. They make an exceptionally well co-ordinated group, superbly realised here by the Magginis in first-rate sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (12/01/2009-12/03/2009).



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>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 1 in F Minor, Op. 35
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (12/01/2009-12/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1933

>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 3, Op. 112
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (12/01/2009-12/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1963

>Rubbra, Edmund : Quartet for Strings No 4, Op 150
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK (12/01/2009-12/03/2009)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1977