Rubbra: String Quartets Volume 1

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Rubbra: String Quartets Volume 1



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26th Oct 2009




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Rubbra: String Quartets Volume 1


String Quartet No.2 in E flat op.73


Charles Daniels (tenor)

Ave Maria Gratia Plena

Charles Daniels (tenor)

Piano Trio in One Movement op.68

Martin Roscoe (piano)



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The English composer Edmund Rubbra described the string quartet as ‘the purest and most lucid texture available to a composer’, his essays in the form enlivened by Beethovenian vigour and song-like beauty.

It is a testament to his profound compositional craftsmanship that even when deploying diverse rhythms simultaneously or releasing the latent potential of what he called the ‘most positive yet mysterious intervals’, Rubbra weaves fascinating musical textures into a satisfying whole.

His Piano Trio No. 1 foregoes mere virtuosity for spiritual intensity, while several songs show his sensitivity in setting Medieval and Renaissance texts.

Edmund Rubbra: String Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 73

I. Allegro moderato

II. Scherzo polimetrico – Vivace assai

III. Cavatina – Adagio tranquillo

IV. Allegro

Edmund Rubbra: Amoretti, Op. 43

I. Sonnett LXXVIII

II. Sonnett LXX


IV. Sonnett XXXVII

V. Sonnett XL

Edmund Rubbra: Ave Maria Gratia Plena

I. O my deir Hert

II. O excellent Virgin Princess

Edmund Rubbra: Piano Trio in 1 Movement, Op. 68

Andante moderato e molto flessibile

Episodio scherzando

Tema – 3 Meditazione – Coda

BBC Music Magazine

January 2010


“…a fine portrait of a composer with a calmly insistent mind of his own. The most individual statements are the two groups of songs for voice and string quartet… Charles Daniels sings these with equable composure, and immaculate sensitivity to Rubbra's word-setting; meanwhile the Maggini Quartet's accompaniments evoke the sound of a viol consort without overdoing it...”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2010

“[the Second Quartet] is a bracingly cogent utterance...The Maggini players do it proud, their treatment of the sublime cavatina slow movement affording especial pleasure. No complaints, either, with Charles Daniels's intelligent and stylish collaboration with the Magginis”

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