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Edmund Rubbra

p, voc, 1901-1986 GB, Northampton
Singer / Composer of Classical
A.k.a. Charles Edmund Duncan-Rubbra

Edmund Rubbra (/ˈrʌbrə/; 23 May 1901 – 14 February 1986) was a British composer. He composed both instrumental and vocal works for soloists, chamber groups and full choruses and orchestras. He was greatly esteemed by fellow musicians and was at the peak of his fame in the mid-20th century. The most famous of his pieces are his eleven symphonies. Although he was active at a time when many people wrote twelve-tone music, he decided not to write in this idiom himself. Instead he devised his own distinctive style. His later works were not as popular with the concert-going public as his previous ones had been, although he never lost the respect of his colleagues. Therefore his output as a whole is less celebrated today than would have been expected from its sheer merit and from his early popula

  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Classical
  • Brass
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Dormi Jesu, Op. 3, No. 1, "The Virgin's Cradle Song" on Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers by Dale Warland
Missa Cantuariensis, Op. 59: I. Kyrie on Edmund Rubbra by Edmund Rubbra, The Sixteen & Harry Christophers
Missa Cantuariensis, Op. 59: VI. Agnus Dei on Edmund Rubbra by Edmund Rubbra, The Sixteen & Harry Christophers
Dormi Jesu, Op. 3 on Rubbra: Missa cantuariensis, Dormi Jesu, That Virgin's Child Most Meek & Missa in honorem Sancti Dominici by Edmund Rubbra, St. Margaret's Westminster Singers, Richard Hickox & Ian Watson
The Jade Mountain, Op. 116: IV. A Song on the Southern River on The Jade Mountain – Songs by Edmund Rubbra by Edmund Rubbra, Lucy Crowe, Claire Barnett-Jones, Marcus Farnsworth, Iain Burnside, Catrin Finch & Timothy Ridout
Rubbra : Missa in honorem Sancti Dominici, Op.66 : I Kyrie on Panufnik : Westminster Mass & Sacred Works by Westminster Cathedral Choir & James O'Donnell
Magnificat in Ab on Evensong for St. Andrew's Day by Wells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer & Rupert Gough
Missa Cantuariensis Op. 59: VII. Gloria in excelsis on Edmund Rubbra by Edmund Rubbra, The Sixteen & Harry Christophers
Rubbra : Missa in honorem Sancti Dominici, Op.66 : V Benedictus on Panufnik : Westminster Mass & Sacred Works by Westminster Cathedral Choir & James O'Donnell
Nunc Dimittis in Ab on Evensong for St. Andrew's Day by Wells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer & Rupert Gough

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Title Artist Year Type
Enigmas - Solo Piano And Chamber WorksElspeth Wyllie, Catherine Backhouse, Claire Overbury, Alexa Beattie, Hetti Price, Sir Edward Elgar, York Bowen, Kenneth Leighton, Edmund Rubbra, Nicholas Sackman2017Album
Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 38; Violin Concerto, Op. 103Edmund Rubbra, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hugo Rignold, Endre Wolf2017Album
English Music For Oboe And PianoEdmund Rubbra, York Bowen, Benjamin Britten, Herbert Howells, Marika Lombardi, Nathalie Dang2017Album
Kathleen Ferrier Remembered: Broadcasts Of British Songs And German Lieder 1947-1952Kathleen Ferrier, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Charles Villiers Stanford, Maurice Jacobson And Edmund Rubbra With Bruno Walter, Gerald Moore, Frederick Stone2017Compil.
String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 And 4Edmund Rubbra, The Maggini Quartet2011Album
String Quartet No.1 String Quartet No.3 Sonata for Cello & Piano Improvisation for CelloEdmund Rubbra2010Album
String Quartet No.2 String Quartet No.4 Lyric Movement Meditations on a Byzantine HymnEdmund Rubbra2010Album
Viola Concertos • Meditations On A Byzantine HymnSir William Walton / Edmund Rubbra / Lawrence Power2007Album
British Modern Vol. 1Arthur Bliss • Edmund Rubbra • Malcolm Arnold • John Addison – Sidney Harth, Paul Kling, Peter McHugh, Leon Rapier – The Louisville Orchestra / Jorge Mester & Robert Whitney2005Compil.
Violin Concerto / Improvisations For Violin And OrchestraEdmund Rubbra, Krysia Osostowicz, Ulster Orchestra, Takuo Yuasa2005Album
Song Of The Birds (English Cello Music)Herbert Murrill, Sir George Dyson, Haydn Wood, Edmund Rubbra, Raphael Wallfisch, The BBC Concert Orchestra, Vernon Handley2004Album
Britten: Piano Concerto; Diversions; Young ApolloBenjamin Britten, Edmund Rubbra2001Compil.
Complete SymphoniesEdmund Rubbra, The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, Richard Hickox2001Album
Nine Tenebrae Motets; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis In A Flat; Missa In Honorem Sancti Dominici; Missa CantauriensisEdmund Rubbra, St. John's College Choir, Christopher Robinson2001Album
Chamber Music. Endymion EnsembleEdmund Rubbra2000Album
Inscape • Four Mediaeval Latin Lyrics • Song Of The Soul • Advent Cantata • Veni, Creator SpiritusEdmund Rubbra - Stephen Varcoe, Chorus Of St Martin In The Fields, City Of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox2000Album
Violin Sonata no.1 Violin Sonata no.2 Violin Sonata no.3Edmund Rubbra1999Album
Symphony No. 8, "Hommage à Teilhard de Chardin" / Ode To The Queen / Symphony No. 5Edmund Rubbra - The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, Richard Hickox1999Album
Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 7Edmund Rubbra / The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, Richard Hickox1998Album
Brass From The Masters, Vol. 1Ralph Vaughan Williams • William Alwyn • Cyril Jenkins • Robert Simpson • Edmund Rubbra • Sir Edward Elgar / The Williams Fairey Brass Band, James Gourlay • Bryan Hurdley1997Album
Symphony No. 1, A Tribute, Sinfonia ConcertanteEdmund Rubbra / Howard Shelley, The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, Richard Hickox1997Album
Symphony No. 9 "Sinfona Sacra"; The Morning WatchEdmund Rubbra / The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, The BBC National Chorus Of Wales, Richard Hickox1996Album
Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 6Edmund Rubbra / The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, Richard Hickox1996Album
The Four String QuartetsEdmund Rubbra1996Album
Symphony No. 4 Symphony No. 10 Symphony No. 11 (Premiere Recording)Edmund Rubbra, The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales, Richard Hickox1995Album
Violin & Viola ConcertosEdmund Rubbra / Tasmin Little, Rivka Golani, Vernon Handley, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra1994Album
Sacred Choral MusicPatrick Hadley / Edmund Rubbra - The Choir Of Gonville & Caius College1993Album
Symphony Nos. 2 & 7Edmund Rubbra1992Album
Symphony Nos. 6 & 8 • SoliloquyEdmund Rubbra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Norman Del Mar, Rohan de Saram, The London Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley1992Compil.
Symphonies 3 & 4 • A TributeEdmund Rubbra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Norman Del Mar1990Album
Oboe SonatasEdmund Rubbra, Benjamin Britten, Martin Grabert, Julius Röntgen - Peter Bree, Paul Komen1989Album
Violin Concerto / Piano ConcertoEdmund Rubbra, Carl Pini / John Ireland, Geoffrey Tozer, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, David Measham1986Album
Music For Oboe And PianoHerbert Howells / Edmund Rubbra / Sir Hamilton Harty - Sarah Francis, Peter Dickinson1986Album
Symphonies 6 And 8Edmund Rubbra1982Album
The Complete Piano Music Played by Edwin MooreEdmund Rubbra1981Album
Symphony No.5 / Five Dances From 'Checkmate'Edmund Rubbra / Arthur Bliss - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Hans-Hubert Schönzeler1980Album
Symphony No. 7 In C Op. 88 / Soliloquy For Cello & Orchestra Op. 57Edmund Rubbra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult, The London Symphony Orchestra, Vernon Handley, Rohan de Saram1979Album
Symphony No. 2 And Festival OvertureEdmund Rubbra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Vernon Handley1978Album
Improvisation For Violin And Orchestra - Concerto For Violin And OrchestraEdmund Rubbra, Benjamin Britten, Sidney Harth, Paul Kling, The Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whitney1977Album
• Symphony No. 10 • Improvisations On Virginal Pieces By Giles Farnaby • A Tribute (For Vaughan Williams) •Edmund Rubbra, Hans-Hubert Schönzeler, Bournemouth Sinfonietta1976Album
Missa Cantuariensis; Missa In Honorem Sancti Dominici; Two Carols For Unacompanied Choir.Edmund Rubbra1975Album
Symphony No7 / Fantasia On A Theme Of Thomas TallisEdmund Rubbra / Ralph Vaughan Williams, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult1970Album
String Quartet No. 2 / "Echoes" For String QuartetEdmund Rubbra / Bernard Herrmann, Amici String Quartet1967Album
Elegie For Baritone, Chorus & Small Orchestra / Concerto For Strings / Inscape Suite For Chorus & OrchestraRobert Still / Edmund Rubbra, John Carol Case, The Ambrosian Singers, The Jacques Orchestra / Myer Fredman1967Album
Symphony No. 5 / Dives And Lazarus / Oboe ConcertoEdmund Rubbra, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir John Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, Evelyn Rothwell1966Album
String Quartet No. 2 In E Flat, Op. 73 / "Echoes" For String QuartetEdmund Rubbra, Bernard Herrmann, Amici String QuartetAlbum
Piano Concerto Nr.1 / Piano ConcertoBenjamin Britten / Edmund RubbraAlbum
Epic Brass (British Music For Brass BandPercy Fletcher • Sir Edward Elgar • Edmund Rubbra • Gilbert Vinter • Eric Ball / The Black Dyke Mills Band, Roy Newsome • Peter ParkesAlbum
Mass In G Minor; Missa In Honorem Sancti Dominici, Op 66Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edmund RubbraAlbum
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