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Rubbra: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 4
 
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Rubbra: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 & 4

1 Feb. 2011 | Format: MP3

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7:10
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8:30
30
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3:24
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8:53
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6:09
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4:11
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7:59
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8:09
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Feb. 2011
  • Release Date: 1 Feb. 2011
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Naxos
  • Total Length: 54:25
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  • ASIN: B004KB26VG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,601 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Richard M. Price on 28 Jan. 2012
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Rubbra's idiom, with its contrapuntal complexity and clear harmony, suited the medium of the string quartet exceptionally well, and he left four examples, spread out evenly through his composing career. The First Quartet appeared in 1935 and was substantially revised ten years later; the result is a bit of a hotchpotch, with a middle movement in a notably simpler idiom than the rest, but it works well enough as an interlude, while the outer movements are both mature Rubbra, and that good judge Harold Truscott thought the last movement unsurpassed among this composer's finales. The Second Quarter (which the Maggini Quartet have already recorded on another Naxos CD) was one of the most admired of all Rubbra's works, and deservedly. The first movement maintains fluid thematic development, with perfect clarity and variety of texture; this, one feels, is the ideal way to write for the medium. The second and third movements (a scintillating, polymetric scherzo and an eloquent song-like slow movement) are almost as good; only the finale disappoints, with its rather contrived thematic links and too orchestral textures. The Third Quartet disappointed the critics on its first appearance (which I heard at the time), and remains the weak link in the chain: the second and third movements are both dominated by rigid motifs that firmly resist variation or development. Fortunately, the Fourth Quartet marked a return to form: the thematic development is rich and riveting, while the harmony (with its use of the minor seventh) has, like other late Rubbra works (such as Symphonies X and XI), a new warmth and expressiveness. The second and final movement, a slow elegy, unfolds to perfection, deeply moving, with a sublime and utterly satisfying conclusion.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sackbutteer on 10 July 2012
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Wonderfully recorded and performed. Along with the companion CD with the second quartet and songs it is an excellent buy. I prefer this over the alternative recordings available (Dante Quartet). If you are new to Rubbra buy the companion CD first and enjoy the second quartet and a set of beautifully composed and performed songs. And then buy this one!
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By huw on 31 Mar. 2014
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I have known some of the symphonies for sometime, but less of Rubbra's chamber music. These are really wonderful: the quartet seems ideal for expressing his musical ideas. It is fascinating to see the similarities between the first quartet and the first symphony. There is a lyrical side of Rubbra that sometimes gets overshadowed by the counterpoint in his symphonies: here it can sing forth. This music will become popular I am sure: it has just the right elements for the modern listener, combing tonal lyricism with a strong rhythmic element. It may have seemed old fashioned in the 50s and 60s, but whilst most of the serial compositions from back then will be in the dustbin of history, Rubbra will last and be appreciated by audiences for a long time.
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By mk sanderson on 4 July 2014
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Great - would recommend
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