Edmund Rubbra: Violin Concerto; Improvisation for Violin & Orchestra

Edmund Rubbra: Violin Concerto; Improvisation for Violin & Orchestra

by Krysia Osostowicz
     
 

Edmund Rubbra's 11 symphonies and large-scale choral works are his best-known efforts, but his occasional forays into the concerto genre are also worth noting, though one should explore them with diminished expectations. Violinist Krysia Osostowicz and the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Takuo Yuasa,See more details below

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Edmund Rubbra's 11 symphonies and large-scale choral works are his best-known efforts, but his occasional forays into the concerto genre are also worth noting, though one should explore them with diminished expectations. Violinist Krysia Osostowicz and the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by Takuo Yuasa, present the rather ambitious and cumbersome "Concerto for violin and orchestra, Op. 103" (1959), with clarity and intensity, and on the strength of their playing, make it the only worthwhile offering on this 2005 Naxos disc. Osostowicz's penetrating tone and polished technique are admirable, and the orchestra supplies surprisingly fluid accompaniment, even though Rubbra's music is at times too plodding and ponderous. This lively performance saves the concerto, and makes it worth a serious hearing, even if it is an uncomfortably earnest and graceless piece. There is little reason, however, to get excited over the brooding and gloomy "Improvisation for violin and orchestra, Op. 89" (1956), which just goes in circles for 12 exasperating minutes; and one may feel even less enthusiasm for the "Improvisations on Virginal Pieces by Giles Farnaby, Op. 50" (1938-1939), which are neo-Renaissance fancies of little color or feeling, similar in style to Peter Warlock's "Capriol Suite," but without the charm or imagination. Because this music is quite lackluster, Naxos' fine sound quality may seem less vibrant than it really is.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313259120
catalogNumber:
8557591
Rank:
361178

Tracks

  1. Improvisation for violin & orchestra, Op. 89  - Edmund Rubbra  - Krysia Osostowicz  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa  - Frederick Gore
  2. Improvisations on Virginal Pieces by Giles Farnaby for orchestra, Op 50  - Edmund Rubbra  - Krysia Osostowicz  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa  - Frederick Gore
  3. Concerto for violin, Op 103  - Edmund Rubbra  - Krysia Osostowicz  -  Ulster Orchestra  - Takuo Yuasa  - Frederick Gore

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