Rubbra: Ave Maria Gratia Plena
This page lists all recordings of Ave Maria Gratia Plena, by Charles Edmund Rubbra (1901-86) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC).
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Rubbra: String Quartets Volume 1
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.
“…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...” BBC Music Magazine, January 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” Gramophone Magazine, June 2010
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Rune of Hospitality
Mark Chambers (counter-tenor), David Mason (piano)
The Caractacus String Quartet
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