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Edward Rubbra - Complete Symphonies / Hickox
Edward Rubbra, Richard Hickox, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Edward Rubbra - Complete Symphonies / Hickox
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #4
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #5


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All Artists: Edward Rubbra, Richard Hickox, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Title: Edward Rubbra - Complete Symphonies / Hickox
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Chandos
Release Date: 9/25/2001
Album Type: Box set
Genre: Classical
Styles: Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaCD Credits: 5
UPC: 095115994429

CD Reviews

A Desert Island Set
Mark V. Wilson | Dallas, TX USA | 09/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was fortunate to purchase this set in London roughly a month ago. Suffice it to say that it has rapidly become my favorite set of 20th century symphonies (a lofty statement, but I really love this music). The symphonies are lyrical but tautly constructed, easy on the ear but intellectually challenging. Rubbra's symphonies don't really sound like anybody else's, but I'd portray them as a cross between Walter Piston's intelligence and Vaughan Williams's lyricism. Not much dissonance, but enough ear-tickling sonorites to make it interesting from the start of #1 to the end of #11. Great performances, great recording. All in all, a set to treasure."
Rubbra Will Reward
William K. Shurtleff | Houston, TX | 01/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first came across Rubbra a year and a half ago. While in the Dublin Public Library leafing through the CDs I saw a name I hadn't seen nor heard of before. The Symphonies were the 1st and 3rd on another the Lyrita label. Since then I bought Hickox's rendition. I remember first hearing the music: tuneful romanticism was notably absent; but a strong unrelenting quality like an overbearing salesman first tapping, then knocking, then pounding came to my ears. The themes came streaming, constantly mutating, ever advancing, morphing over again on itself, still surging ahead. His music never rests: it is a staunch, granite dynamism. Over time, I have really come to regard Rubbra as a generally ignored genius. His music may be dry compared to the high melodies of Romantic music; but it is a dryness that one learns to cultivate like developing a taste for a good complex wine, where a myriad of complentary flavors enduring pleasantly on the palate is for what one yearns. To really appreciate Rubbra you have to appreciate his developmental mastery; and to do that you have to get him in your head, which will take more than one listening. Don't be daunted if you like him only somewhat after one listening. After getting the music in your head you will be able to step back and see the grand structure of his music, something truly awe inspiring. Give him some patience and he will reward."
A major British symphonist
Dr. Richard M. Price | London, UK | 11/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Edmund Rubbra's symphonies received a very mixed reception in their time. Some listeners found their contrapuntal logic absolutely riveting, and complimented Rubbra on making them fall in love with music again. Others, however, found them too single-minded and rather drably orchestrated, comparing them to reinforced concrete or brown wallpaper. Over the years, however, the musical language became more flexible in its sequence and warmer in its harmony. Strict thematic logic is combined in the later symphonies with many a wayward shift in tempo and timbre; it is the combination of logic and freedom (without the logic the freedom would produce incoherence) that makes these works so human and so endlessly rewarding for a listener who is sufficiently sympathetic to the idiom (which is akin to that of Vaughan Williams and Finzi).
These performances do not entirely supersede the Lyrita recordings of the 70s (particularly of the 7th and 8th Symphonies). Hickox's direction of the Fifth is, however, even better than the classic recording by Barbirolli; it is the first recording, in my view, that makes the final epilogue convincing. The high quality of both playing and recording, and Hickox's complete understanding of the musical idiom, make this set worthy of unhesitating recommendation."