The music of John Joubert – born in 1927 in Cape Town, a student at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the 1940s and ’50s, and Birmingham-based since 1962 – has a strong sense of melody, his beguiling lyricism combining with an acute sensitivity to words to produce songs that are both colourful and evocative. These four song-cycles pay tribute to the places and poets that inspired them. And his chamberworks, drawing on a rich instrumental palette and haunting melodic lines, are memorable and dramatically effective.
Lesley-Jane Rogers, soprano
John Turner, recorder
Richard Tunnicliffe, cello
John McCabe, piano
Shropshire Hills, Op. 155, for high voice and piano (1982)
The Rose is Shaken in the Wind, Op. 137, for soprano and recorder (1982)
Six Poems by Emily Brontë, Op. 63, for soprano and piano (1982)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0045EAN/UPC: 5060113440457Release Date: 09.07.2007Composer: John Joubert Artists: John McCabe,
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Stephen Pritchard :
“They burst with his characteristic melodic inventiveness and vivid word setting and are beautifully captured here by Lesley-Jane Rogers. Chamber pieces are also included, with John McCabe, who has long championed Joubert’s work, in fine form at the keyboard.” —Stephen Pritchard, The Observer
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