C1929. NORMAN DEL MAR Cond. Philharmonia Orch.: Symphony #3; Symphony #4; A Tribute; Overture Resurgam (all Rubbra). (U.K.) Lyrita 202, recorded 1990. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 5020926020222
"Norman Del Mar, a conductor and an author who specialized in the works of late romantics like Sir Edward Elgar, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss, was a horn player in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham. He became Sir Thomas' assistant, and Sir Thomas arranged his debut as a conductor in 1947. Mr. Del Mar championed British composers at home and abroad and introduced many composers and works to Britain, including Mahler's Sixth and Ninth Symphonies, Bartok's Violin Concerto #1 and Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony. He was the author of an acclaimed, three-volume work on the life and music of Richard Strauss, the last volume of which appeared in 1972. Mr. Del Mar, who was professor of conducting at the Royal College of Music in London from 1972 to 1990, made more than 70 recordings, and held honorary doctorates from several universities."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 8 Feb., 1994
"Rubbra’s music seems to be quite conservative, lyric and straightforward, but demands full attention and doesn’t make good ‘easy listening’ because the continuity of melodic and polyphonic growth is logical and unremitting, the orchestration sometimes persistently thick. Often it’s difficult to speak of a ‘second subject’, because a second theme grows out of the first. Rubbra himself stated in a lecture given in Birmingham in April 1949: ‘Many believe that classical music is a nicely tabulated affair of first and second subjects, bridge passages, developments, recapitulations and codas and that formal perfection is achieved when all these ingredients are easily recognisable. But the point I would like to insist upon is that these features, whether obviously present or not, are in reality very secondary: that their importance is far below the importance of making contrasts between different facets of a pervading idea’. Rubbra’s religious belief shines through his music, so one may call him ‘the Bruckner of the 20th century’.”