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Rubbra: String Quartet No.2 (String Quartet No. 2/ Amoretti/ Ave Maria/ Piano Trio No.1) CD


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Rubbra: String Quartet No.2 (String Quartet No. 2/ Amoretti/ Ave Maria/ Piano Trio No.1) + Rubbra: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 4 + Alwyn: String Quartets Nos.1-3 / Novelette
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  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: Edmund Rubbra
  • Audio CD (26 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B002QEXBZE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. String Quartet No. 2 in E flat, Op. 73
2. Amoretti for voice and string quartet, Op. 4
3. Ave Maria Gratia Plena
4. Piano Trio No. 1, in One Movement, Op. 68

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. G. Bullock on 10 April 2010
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Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986), a contemporary of William Walton, is one of the most important English composers of the mid-20th century. Over the last 10-15 years, his music has been 'rediscovered' following a period of neglect dating from the 1950s. His 'conservative', that is basically tonal, compositions are accessible and can be appreciated on first hearing but, because the music works on many levels, rewards prolonged acquaintance.

Arguably the most important piece on this CD is the Piano Trio No. 1 (in One Movement). Completed in 1950, it is a noble work, falling into three sections, the last being a set of variations or 'meditations', as Rubbra preferred to call them. While not as showy as the Ravel or the Shostakovitch trios, the Rubbra is their match in emotional profundity and is one of the finest of all 20th century piano trios, a notoriously difficult ensemble to balance.

The Second String Quartet (1951) was closely related to the trio in time and is another fine example of Rubbra's undoubted substance as a composer. The second movement is particularly interesting - Scherzo Polimetrico - with the four instruments playing independent rhythms. There is also a lovely slow Cavatina.

The Amoretti for voice and string quartet are settings of five sonnets of Edmund Spenser. These sonnets are poems about Spenser's love affair with his wife and Rubbra's inspiration was probably his meeting his future second wife, Antoinette Chaplin, in the early 1930s. Originally for string orchestra, the accompaniment was reduced to string quartet during the war. In his insert notes, Adrian Yardley says they represent both the sensual and spiritual side of the composer's love. There are certainly passages of considerable beauty.
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By mk sanderson on 4 July 2014
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Great - would recomment!
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The second quartet used to be highly thought of but is rarely heard today. It's a great masterpiece in my view. Rubbra can sometimes get bogged down in his academic preoccupation with counterpoint. However, it is good to see an interest in his music reappearing. An excellent performance and recording of solemnly beautiful masterpieces.
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Wonderfully recorded and performed. Along with the companion CD with the first, third and fourth quartet it is an excellent buy. I prefer this over the alternative recordings of the quartets available by the Dante Quartet. If you are new to Rubbra after a few listenings you will be a convert. Martin Roscoe's singing of the songs is exquisite and well matches the Maggini Quartet.

The music has a large romantic, melodic and spiritual element but at first appears densely written, seemingly because of the contrapuntal compositional approach used by Rubbra. The music requires a couple of hearings, then it blossoms on the ear and gets better and better.

Buy and enjoy along with the companion CD.
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Excellent stuff! 19 Nov 2013
By Bernardo Nunes - Published on Amazon.com
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I have Maggini recordings of Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 4. This CD completes the group. Great performances of wonderful works!
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