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Rubbra: Symphony 6, 8, Soliloquoy

Vernon Handley Audio CD
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One of England's busiest and most recorded conductors of the late twentieth century, Vernon Handley emerged since the 1970s as the successor to Sir Adrian Boult and Sir John Barbirolli as the leading exponent of English music. Like Boult before him, he made a career specialty out of performing and recording symphonic music from England, some of it well-known and much of it overlooked by ... Read more in Amazon's Vernon Handley Store

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  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Norman Del Mar, Vernon Handley, Rohan de Saram
  • Composer: Edmund Rubbra
  • Audio CD (17 July 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lyrita
  • ASIN: B000027QWZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony No. 6, Op. 80: I. Lento - allegrettoPhilharmonia Orchestra 9:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No. 6, Op. 80: II. Canto - (Largo e sereno)Philharmonia Orchestra 8:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No. 6, Op. 80: III. Vivace impetuosoPhilharmonia Orchestra 5:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 6, Op. 80: IV. Poco andante - Allegro moderatoPhilharmonia Orchestra 9:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Symphony No. 8, Op. 132 (Hommage Teilhard de Chardin): I. ModeratoPhilharmonia Orchestra 9:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Symphony No. 8, Op. 132 (Hommage Teilhard de Chardin): II. Allegretto con brioPhilharmonia Orchestra 6:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Symphony No. 8, Op. 132 (Hommage Teilhard de Chardin): III. Poco lentoPhilharmonia Orchestra 9:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Soliloquy for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 57London Symphony Orchestra15:01Album Only


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LPO - Norman del Mar & Rohan de Saram, direction - LSO - Vernon Handley, direction

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4.0 out of 5 stars Rubbra revived 29 Dec 2010
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When the Sixth Symphony was not more than a couple of years old, Barbirolli brought the Halle to Oxford, and included it in a concert at the Sheldonian Theatre. Rubbra was there, sitting in one of the boxes over the side doors, and I found myself above and opposite him. His body language was unihibited and unambiguous. He lived every second of his music, and clearly approved of everything Barbirolli did. Which was interesting, because Barbirolli took a much broader view of the work than del Mar's or Hickox's recordings. An old Intaglio disc of a public performance under Boult ( dismissed by Gramophone in its review of the first LP issue of this disc) preserves the accepted tempi of the late 1950s and is not all that different from what I recall of Barbirolli's performance. Del Mar does manage, however, to remain faithful to the spirit of the work. Hickox gets it wrong, overdoing briskness and missing the underlying range of tensions in Rubbra's music. As things currently stand, we aren't likely to get much more choice, and these are the best available performances of both symphonies. But if you do come across the Intaglio, which contains, beside Boult in the Sixth Symphony, Sir Charles Groves's premiere of the Eighth, then snap it up. For all its faults of recording balance it is a reminder of how we first heard two genuine and individual masterpieces which don't deserve their current relative neglect , still less the oblivion from which this disc helped to rescue them.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally intense symphonies, superbly played with excellent sound 23 Aug 2014
By Joseph Kline PhD, MD - Published on Amazon.com
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Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) was an English composer who studied composition with Gustav Holst (he later wrote a biography of the composer) at the Royal College of Music and who was regarded as one of the leading composers of his day. He composed a total of 11 symphonies of which Nos. 6 and 8 are presented here along with his Soliloquy for Cello and Orchestra to top off this generous Lyrita disc. Norman del Mar and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform the symphonies, while the Soliloquy is played by Vernon Handley and the London Symphony Orchestra. The recordings were made in the late 1970’s (Soliloquy) and early 1980’s (symphonies) but neither was recorded digitally. They were all digitally remastered with great success.

Symphony 6 is a darkly beautiful work that I found rather melancholic. Unlike so much modern music, it takes little effort to enjoy this work that is dominated by strings. While you won’t get up from your listening chair humming the melodies, they are nonetheless beautifully woven themes that carry drama, emotion and intensity. This is particularly true of the 4th movement which I found emotionally stirring. Rubbra was a superb orchestrator, a fact illustrated by this movement especially, with its sonorous finale of strings and brass. And the timpani, while never overplayed, is an important and well-defined pulse of the coda.

Symphony 8’s mood resembles that of the Sixth. If you are familiar with my classical reviews, you already know how I look for the timpani’s definition in works. Well, I was not disappointed here. The 1st movement is large in scope and intensity with prominent timpani. Del Mar is one of those conductors who you don’t hear a lot, but he is always exciting. He seems well able to elucidate the ideas within the murky texture of this symphony for the listener. I honestly can’t find anything I don’t enjoy about Rubbra. He never allows the music to loiter. There is always a new idea or an old one redefined. The 2nd movement is more lively but not much happier. The 3rd and final movement is a tragic sounding Poco Lento with a sorrowful mood of considerable intensity. Now, this is a movement that dwells in the doldrums of despair. At around 5 minutes, the intensity increases with a strong pulsatile rhythm that gives way to anguish. Wow, can this composer ever search the darker places of the soul. Then, almost surprisingly, the music lifts out of the swamp and ends softly in major. At times, the music will make you reach for the Prozac. But despite the predominant mood, I found the movement growing on me with repeated listenings.

The Soliloquy begins immediately with the cello presenting a dark theme. No surprise, right? I must confess that I found the Soliloquy less compelling than the symphonies. It was recorded earlier than the symphonies, is played by Handley/LSO, and has a sonically constricted ambience.

For the Symphonies 6 and 8, I can report that the sound is excellent but not superb. Soundstage and center fill are superb, however. At times the strings sounded a bit grainy, but otherwise is not issue. What is an issue is how great the music is. I think you will want to explore Rubbra’s other symphonies. I certainly will. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A tonal 20th century composer 22 Mar 2014
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As Rubbra is rather recent for me, I have no yardstick to use to rate the quality of the performances, but so far I like what I hear. The music is tonal and not hard to listen to. Lyrita is a strictly British label recording only British Commonwealth composers. I don't know if it is still making recordings (I think not), but they have reissued the great majority of the recordings they made mainly in the 1970s. Lyrita utilized the recording equipment and audio engineers of Decca most, if not all, of the time, and thus the sound is quite good. Symphony 6 is a four movement work taking 32:40, and Symphony 8 is a three movement work taking 24:55. To put the CD over the 70:00 minute mark, they added as an encore the Soliloquy for Cello and Orchestra (15:01). Rohan de Saram is the cellist and Vernon Handley Conducts. Norman del Mar conducts the 2 symphonies. (Lyrita counts ALL the seconds in their timings, to include the blank time at the beginning, end, and spaces in between, so the timings are actually several seconds shorter.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully constructed but lacks caffeine 22 Sep 2011
By RJAdams - Published on Amazon.com
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After purchasing and listening to the powerful and affecting Rubbra Viola Concerto, I decided to explore Rubbra further and bought this recording based on an enthusiastic American Record Guide recommendation of his symphonies 6 and 8. These are imposing and beautifully constructed, traditional symphonies, but frankly I have not been able to enter their world as easily as that of the viola concerto. Perhaps I miss the role of the viola protagonist in the concerto to help engage me in the musical argument. There also seems to be a sameness and a contained quality to the textures, materials and development, like listening to 17th century viol music, which can be arresting for about ten minutes and then kinda wears out its welcome. One wants some of those buds to blossom.

In the end, while I recognized the excellence of the composer's craft, I started nodding off. Normally I really go for Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Moeran and all the English pastoral school, even Bax, which draw inspiration from Debussy and Ravel, English folk song, and Purcell, so perhaps I need to give this disc another go.
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