skip to Main Content

Admirable control over Rubbra’s concerto

Endnotes, Stuart Millson

Aside from the thoughtfully-chosen, sometimes recondite musical material, Lyrita enhances the latter with evocative artwork, lengthy and detailed sleeve notes, containing insightful biographies of the conductors and soloists who have created the Lyrita sound.

Herewith three piano concertos, by composers John Addison, Gordon Jacob, and Edmund Rubra respectively

Of the three composers featured in this CD, Edmund Rubra, a devout Roman Catholic, is unquestionably the more mystical and introspective. He composed a large cycle of symphonies. Those familiar with Vernon Handley’s recording for Lyrita of Rubra’s Festival Overture will understand why connoisseurs of British music maintain that Rubra’s oeuvre should be given a more prominent place in our concert and Radio 3 schedules.

George Vass, a champion of contemporary British repertoire, exercises admirable control over Rubbra’s concerto, notably in the intensely spiritual opening on woodwind, followed by a violin solo.

You may also like to see...
These wonderfully idiomatic performances are outstanding

British Music Society, Gary Higginson

Everything you might cherish for such a project

MusicWeb International, Rob Barnett

The exceptionally rewarding 2023 Presteigne Festival

Musical Opinion, Paul Conway

Customary exemplary sensitivity by George Vass

Gramophone, Guy Rickards

Vibrant recording … a sumptuous Mediterranean sound

Midlands Music Reviews, Christopher Morley

Alert and sympathetic … a charged and dynamic BBCNOW

Colin’s Column, Colin Anderson

Four Stars from BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine, JP

A must-buy disc!

Gramophone, Guy Rickards

The Heavens And The Heart
Commissioned by the enterprising Presteigne Festival

Classical Ear, Michael Quinn

A highlight of the British cultural calendar

Musical Opinion, Paul Conway

Back To Top