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RUBBRA, E.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 4 (Maggini Quartet)

Composer(s):Rubbra, Edmund
Artist(s) Maggini Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572555
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The Maggini Quartet’s Naxos recording of Edmund Rubbra’s String Quartet No. 2 (8.572286) was praised as ‘superbly integrated…undeniably a great success’ by Gramophone. His remaining three string quartets, heard here, mark Rubbra as a great, though still undervalued, English composer whose music boasts an inexhaustible sense of freshness, a richly hued emotional palette and an abiding sense of optimism. The Maggini Quartet’s Naxos recordings of English string quartets by composers from Alwyn to Walton have gained numerous awards, critical plaudits and nominations from Gramophone, Diapason and the Grammys.


Review By Massimo Viazzo,Musica,September 2011


Review By Record Geijutsu,June 2011

8.572555_The Record Geijutsu_062011_jp.pdf

Review By Kevin Filipski ,Times Square,February 2011

CD of the Week

Even among connoisseurs of British music, Edmund Rubbra (1901–1986) is woefully obscure. Although he composed one of the great symphony cycles of the entire 20th century—11 written between 1937 and 1979—I don’t think there’s even been a single Rubbra composition on a concert program in New York. So only recordings will suffice for anyone remotely interested in this accomplished master, and this CD of three of his four quartets—played superbly by the Maggini Quartet—is a must-hear. Alternately muscular and tender, with eloquent slow movements alternately with energetic faster ones, these quartets show Rubbra at his best.


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