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Allen Gimbel
American Record Guide, November 2014

[This release] like the music is well done and worthy of the composer’s memory. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jim Svejda
Fanfare, November 2014

Three works for cello and piano—Salcey Lawn, Lament, and Humoresque—feature some typically adroit contributions from cellist Rafael Wallfisch, while the two songs—The Lord is My Shepherd and The Song of Songs—offer the accurate if slightly plumy voice of mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, who might have brought a little more dynamic shading to these quietly moving reflections of the composer’s Jewish heritage. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review




Malcolm Hayes
BBC Music Magazine, September 2014

A familiar English-music syndrome: an idiom of real fluency and command thwarted by low creative horizons. Decent performances throughout. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2014

Maurice Jacobson was a consummate musician, whether it be as a pianist, composer or educationalist, and yet today his achievements are all but forgotten. Maybe, like so many British composers, he did not do sufficient to promote his music, that task now taken up by his son, the pianist, Julian Jacobson, who has devised this programme of solo and chamber music. Opening with an attractive piano duet, Mosaic, that somehow strays into atonality, for he was a composer wedded to tonality. Recalling those times he escaped from the war to spend time at the country house of Salcey Lawn, comes the pastoral score for cello and piano. For gifted amateurs he wrote the five short piano pieces, The Music Room…They are very different to the technical demands he makes in the Romantic Theme and Variations, and the piano duet version of the orchestral work, Theme and Variations. Two further works for cello and piano, Lament and Humoreske have Raphael Wallfisch as the eloquent soloist, and the mezzo, Jennifer Johnston, sings Jacobson’s setting of The Lord is my shepherd and Song of Songs. Top quality recording team. © 2014 David’s Review Corner





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