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Jacob Gordon: Chamber Music with Recorder

Audio Samples

>Jacob, Gordon : Suite for treble recorder & string orchestra
>Jacob, Gordon : Sonatina for alto recorder & harpsichord
>Jacob, Gordon : Sonata for recorder & piano
>Jacob, Gordon : A Consort of Recorders
>Van Eyck, Jan Jacob : Variations on Dowland's Pavane Lachrimae, for recorder & continuo
>Jacob, Gordon : Trifles, for treble recorder, violin, cello & harpsichord

Album Summary

>Jacob, Gordon : Suite for treble recorder & string orchestra
>Jacob, Gordon : Sonatina for alto recorder & harpsichord
>Jacob, Gordon : Sonata for recorder & piano
>Jacob, Gordon : A Consort of Recorders
>Van Eyck, Jan Jacob : Variations on Dowland's Pavane Lachrimae, for recorder & continuo
>Jacob, Gordon : Trifles, for treble recorder, violin, cello & harpsichord
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With some notable exceptions, professional recorder players have largely ignored modern repertoire regarded as being too tonal, melodic or romantic. Not so Annabel Knight, a former student at the Royal College of Music in London, where Gordon Jacob had also taught. On this disc she joins respected colleagues in presenting Jacob's music, its sometimes sparse and desolate musical language frequently tempered with tuneful wit and a sense of nostalgia for England's landscape and heritage. The result is an album presenting highly enjoyable music of superlative craftsmanship and heartfelt expressivity, including three world premiere recordings.

Fanfare
Annabel Knight is an exemplary soloist, with smooth tone and breath support, fine legato, and nimble technique. She is ably supported at every turn by Robin Bigwood at the keyboards, the Maggini Quartet, and the Fontanella recorder ensemble. The recorded sound - crisp, clear, and a touch on the dry side - and program notes are up to typical fine Naxos standards. Fellow recorder enthusiasts should waste no time in scooping up this release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/12/2009); Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/25/2009-01/26/2009).



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Works Details

>Jacob, Gordon : Suite for treble recorder & string orchestra
  • Performer: Annabel Knight (Recorder)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/12/2009); Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/25/2009-01/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jacob, Gordon : Sonatina for alto recorder & harpsichord
  • Performers: Robin Bigwood (Harpsichord); Annabel Knight (Treble Recorder)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/12/2009); Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/25/2009-01/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984

>Jacob, Gordon : Sonata for recorder & piano
  • Performers: Robin Bigwood (Piano); Annabel Knight (Recorder)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/12/2009); Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/25/2009-01/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jacob, Gordon : A Consort of Recorders
  • Performer: Annabel Knight (Recorder)
  • Ensemble: Giuliano Fontanella
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/12/2009); Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/25/2009-01/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Van Eyck, Jan Jacob : Variations on Dowland's Pavane Lachrimae, for recorder & continuo
  • Performers: Robin Bigwood (Piano); Annabel Knight (Treble Recorder)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/12/2009); Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/25/2009-01/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Jacob, Gordon : Trifles, for treble recorder, violin, cello & harpsichord
  • Performers: David Angel (Violin); Robin Bigwood (Harpsichord); Michal Kaznowski (Cello); Annabel Knight (Treble Recorder)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/12/2009); Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk (01/25/2009-01/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971