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Although he was renowned for his choral music and his eleven symphonies, Rubbra composed a small number of concertante pieces and concertos notable for their eloquent musicality rather than mere virtuosity. At the heart of the very fine 1959 Violin Conce
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In fact, it would be fair to call Rubbra's music, at least on this disc, relatively low-key. The Improvisations on Virginal Pieces by Giles Farnaby are Pulcinella-like pastiches; generally satisfying, for what they are. The Violin Concerto and the Improvisation for Violin and Orchestra are the real meat of the program. The liner notes refer to a "serene joyfulness" as being Rubbra's hallmark, which is a fair description for these pieces and for parts of his later symphonies. That's something that particularly attracts this listener to Rubbra's music. While it is muscular and forward-moving at appropriate moments, it is not violent or agressive.
The performances and sound are first rate; fully competitive with the Tamsin Little performance of the Concerto once available on Conifer.