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Rubbra: Sinfonia Concertante & Violin Concerto

Release Date: 08/04/2017 
Label:  Lyrita Recorded Edition - Nimb   Catalog #: 1134  
Composer:  Edmund RubbraCyril Scott
Performer:  Edmund RubbraEndre Wolf
Conductor:  Hugo RignoldRudolf Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Sinfonia Concertante for piano and orchestra, Op.38, was written in 1934-1936 and revised and rescored in 1942-1943. The composer himself was the soloist in the premiere which took place in a Promenade concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult on 10 August 1943. Rubbra also performed it with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Malcolm Sargent on 4 July 1946 at the second Cheltenham Music Festival. The Prelude and Fugue on a theme of Cyril Scott for piano, Op.69, was composed in honour of Scott’s seventieth birthday in September 1949 and premiered by Margaret Good on 5 June 1950 in a BBC broadcast. It is based on three bars from the slow movement of Scott’s Piano Sonata no.1, Op.66. As part of the Read more Northampton concert of Cyril Scott’s music which Rubbra organised in 1918, he programmed and performed four of Scott’s short solo piano works. Nearly fifty years later, he chose to perform another brief solo piano work by Scott to round off his BBC recital on 9 August 1967, Consolation. In his brief spoken introduction to the broadcast performance, Rubbra described this as ‘one of Scott’s maturest pieces’ written ‘at the height of his powers’ and characterised it as ‘a deeply felt ‘in memoriam’ written as a tribute to a close friend’. In 1958 he began work on the Violin Concerto, Op.103, finishing it in the summer of the following year. It was premiered at the Royal Festival Hall on 17 February 1960 when the soloist was Endré Wolf with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by its Principal Conductor at the time, Rudolf Schwarz. This first performance was relayed live and the BBC repeated the work in a Maida Vale performance three days later. A recording of that impressive second performance is presented here. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sinfonia concertante, Op. 38 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer:  Edmund Rubbra (Piano)
Conductor:  Hugo Rignold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934 
Prelude and Fugue for Piano on a theme by Cyril Scott, Op. 69 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer:  Edmund Rubbra (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Consolation, W80 by Cyril Scott
Performer:  Edmund Rubbra (Piano)
Written: 1918 
Concerto for Violin, Op. 103 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer:  Endre Wolf (Violin)
Conductor:  Rudolf Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 

Customer Reviews

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 Two important concertante works by an underrated  August 26, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The latest Lyrita disc in their Itter Broadcast Collection pairs two sadly under-played masterpieces by Edmund Rubbra: his 1936 (revised 1943) Sinfonia Concertante, op. 38 for piano and orchstra, and the Violin Concerto, op. 103, written in 1959. There's more discourse than display, as Joseph Kerman would say, in the Sinfonia Concertante, though Rubbra writes a mighty interesting if not flashy piano part (he was himself the soloist in the premiere in 1943). This performance, which like all Itter Broadcast Collection recordings was recorded to tape from a BBC broadcast, is from 1967, again with Rubbra at the piano, and Hugo Rignold conducting the CBSO. The very fine Violin Concerto is a recording of the second performance, only three days after the premiere in February 1960. Endré Wolf is the soloist, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Schwarz. Once again I am incredibly impressed by the musical and technical standards that allow recordings of this calibre to live so vividly after being plucked from the ether. As to the composer, Rubbra's standing in my eyes is higher after having lived with this music for a couple of weeks. Two solo piano encores are substantial, reflecting well on Rubbra as both pianist and composer, one a tribute to his teacher Cyril Scott, and the second a work by Scott himself, Consolation (1918)." Report Abuse
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