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George Adams
American Record Guide, March 2016

[John Joubert] has an ear for colorful harmony that is put on full display in the three works. He manages to sound unlike most British composers of his generation, owing as much to composers like Mahler and Debussy as to Elgar and Britten. There is an engaging restlessness to everything that keeps my ear leaning just ahead of the music, anticipating the next turn. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2015

This is one really fascinating, directly communicative program with three compelling, beautifully crafted pieces offering a wide range of moods and tonal subtleties. © 2015 Pizzicato



Stephen Barber
MusicWeb International, October 2015

…these performances have obvious authority, enhanced by the presence of the composer’s son and daughter among them. Henry Herford is a veteran of modern English works and makes a characteristically vigorous contribution. The recording, despite its age, is clean and clear. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Steven A. Kennedy
Cinemusical, September 2015

Fans of English chamber music, and works for string orchestra will revel in the musical language Joubert has developed. The music tends to be live within an accessible tonal framework with well-designed structures and signposts to guide the listener. The pieces here would all be quite capable of standing next to a host of more familiar string fare and do deserve a wider audience. That should happen now, and perhaps more of Joubert’s music will begin to appear. Here we get a chance to hear an ensemble and conductor who have been highly supportive of Joubert’s music. © 2015 Cinemusical Read complete review



Joseph Newsome
Voix des Arts, September 2015

The lesson proffered by the outstanding performances by the English String Orchestra and conductor William Boughton on this disc is that John Joubert’s music equals the best works of the Twentieth Century. © 2015 Voix des Arts Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2015

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1927, John Joubert came to England when he was nineteen to study at London’s Royal College of Music with Howard Ferguson. He was then to spend much of his life in the field of education, principally moulding the next generation musicians at the universities of Hull and Birmingham. As a composer he generated a large catalogue of scores that included two symphonies and seven operas. Strangely he has never become part of the staple diet of the concert hall, though he composed in an agreeable tonality. Dating from 1984, and scored for string orchestra with parts for two solo violins, Temps Perdu derives its French feeling from Marcel Proust’s novel, A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. Joubert adds pairs of oboes, bassoons and horns for the three-movement Sinfonietta, a work from 1962 that has its fair share of acerbity, before the finale restores an atmosphere of bubbling jollity. The most extended score comes with the song cycle, The Instant Moment, for baritone and string orchestra, the text taken from poems by D.H. Lawrence. Composed in 1987, they have a passing affinity with Benjamin Britten’s songs, the music highly descriptive of the words, while that relationship is heightened by the typically English timbre of Henry Herford’s voice. Excellent in diction, these often tormented poems draw some daring colours from the orchestra, though in the fast sections intonation does draw questions. This British Music Society series is revealing some little known jewels, and this one really sparkles. Recorded in 1987, it is outstanding for its vintage. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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