Music is bound to have its fashions, its ups and downs, and by the same token equally important composers such as Edmund Rubbra now stand a chance (though no more) of retrieving some of the esteem so rightly accorded to them before 1959, and our temporary worship of anything post-Schoenbergian but neglect of any major talent is a pity...* For his Edmund Rubbra moment Alex Ross samples the con moto opening movement of the composer's Fourth Symphony. This work is coupled with the previously mentioned Tenth and Eleventh symphonies on an outstanding Chandos CD from Richard Hickox and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. If you really want to know why Rubbra is kind of a big deal buy this disc.
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