JOHN JOUBERT (b.1927): 5 Songs of Incarnation, Op. 163, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, O Lorde, the maker of al thing, There is no rose, Rochester Triptych, Passacaglia and Fugue for Organ, Op. 35.
Catalogue Number: 11L117
Reference: PRCD 1028
Description: Joubert's choral output falls squarely into the tradition of Anglican church music, of which it represents a very high quality example. The recent 5 Songs set mediæval carols, each prefaced by an extract from the Gospel of St John in the style of chant; the radiant choral settings offer a simple affirmation of faith in a work of considerable intensity and harmonic beauty. T he Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, a much earlier work, is a powerful and impressive setting of the traditional text, with imaginative organ accompaniment. The Passacaglia and Fugue begins mysteriously over a ground characterized by wide intervallic leaps, and exploits the full resources of the instrument in thirteen variations of cumulative texture, capped by a lively fugue. The Rochester Triptych, to poetry by the second Earl of Rochester, presents a tougher side of the composer's output, spiced with dissonance (though always resolutely tonal and accessible) and a Vaughan Williams-like sense of musical drama. Ashley Grote (organ), Choir of Gloucester Cathedral; Adrian Partington.