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Beneath Winter Light: The Music of Heidi Jacob / Barbara Govatos, violin; Charles Abramovic, piano; The Momenta String Quartet

Notes & Reviews:

Composer, cellist, and conductor Heidi Jacob is Associate Professor of Music at Haverford College. A graduate of both the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe - Regard á Schubert: a Fantasy Impromptu won an Honorable Mention in the International Alliance for Women in Music Competition (Judith Lang Zaimont Prize division); her song Rosetta Stone for Soprano, Cello and Piano was selected for the Network for New Music's Poetry Project, with a premiere at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in January of 2008 - The New Music Forum in Oakland CA selected her Fantasy for piano for performance at the 2006 Festival of Contemporary Music The 11th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco (2013) - Jacob's solo and chamber music works have been performed at Summer Stars Classics series in Ocean Grove NJ, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Series, Temple University's Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Rutgers University's COMPLEX WEAVE: WOMEN AND IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART installation, by such ensembles as the Momenta String Quartet, the Hildegard Chamber Players, and the Argento Ensemble - Jacob is conductor on the recording of Scenes from Indian Country on PARMA composer Curt Cacioppo's Navona album LAWS OF THE PIPE (NV5889) - Album features web-application that includes extended liner notes, study scores, and more

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The number of octaves jumped in the first ten seconds of Winter Light by Heidi Jacobs can barely be counted on two hands. It's a bold opening that challenges the performer and grabs the attention of the listener. The brisk, 12-tone sequences that flurry forth from the opening better characterize the work. The violin and piano duet clearly separates foreground from background, and it is always clear which instrument is in charge. The fantasy for piano contains large sections of intricate rhythmic passages; it's is a slow, methodical fantasy, and every five against three and diminutive subdivision is clearly heard. 'Salome Revisited' seems at first like an odd addition to the program. The deliberate mood the tape piece creates connects the work to others. The digital modulation, augmentation, filters, and envelopes approximate the same shape and color of motives from her works as well.


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