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) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0045/TOCC0045t06.mp3
The Rose is Shaken in the Wind, Op. 137, for soprano and recorder (1982) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0045/TOCC0045t11.mp3
Six Poems by Emily Brontë, Op. 63, for soprano and piano (1982) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0045/TOCC0045t15.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0045EAN/UPC: 5060113440457Release Date: 09.07.2007Composer: John Joubert Artists: John McCabe, John Turner, Lesley-Jane Rogers, Richard Tunnicliffe
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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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