Edmund Rubbra’s String Quartets span his career from 1933 to 1977. Possibly the Second is 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, the Dutton Epoch recordings by the Dante Quartet enjoyed a very positive critical reception when they first appeared, and have now been re-packaged as a bargain-priced 2-CD box set.
“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.”
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