A good example of the work that Dutton Laboratories has been doing in its Epoch series to champion the unrecorded music of 20th century British classical composers. Of the three sonatas on this CD, only one of them (No.2) had been previously recorded when this was released in 1999.
I knew little of Rubbra's music, orchestral or chamber, before I acquired this disc and so came to it 'cold'. To say it was a pleasant surprise would be to underestimate the 58 minutes of music presented here - it was a genuine discovery that I keep returning to.
All three sonatas are modest in length, between 12 and 18 minutes, but they pack plenty of beautifully written content into them that one does not easily tire of.
The other works on this disc, including the Variations on A Phrygian Theme for solo violin, have the same characteristic of inviting another hearing.
Osostowicz's violin has a pleasantly full sound, the recording is nicely balanced, and the sleeve notes are detailed and informative.