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John Joubert (b.1927): The Instant Moment; Temps Perdu et al. / Henry Herford, bar.; English String Orch.; Boughton

Album Summary

>Joubert, John : Temps perdu, variations for string orchestra, Op. 99
>Joubert, John : Sinfonietta for orchestra, Op. 38
>Joubert, John : The Instant Moment, song cycle for voice & orchestra, Op. 110
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born in Cape Town, John Joubert won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, his successful career as a university lecturer and composer keeping him in England thereafter. Based on a short piece composed during the composer's late teens and inspired by Marcel Proust's Swann's Way (from Remembrance of Things Past), Temps Perdu is an inventive set of variations 'each of which sets out to explore some aspect of the memories evoked by the original'. The finely crafted Sinfonietta is notable for the imaginative writing for solo woodwinds, while the song-cycle The Instant Moment indelibly expresses widely contrasting reactions to the experience of love.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
John Joubert's record is a collection of music for string orchestra with a few wind instruments and a singer mixed in. The British composer, born in 1927, 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. There is an engaging restlessness to everything that keeps my ear leaning just ahead of the music, anticipating the next turn. Livelier passages are characterized by syncopated rhythms and jagged accents, and more subdued music tends toward Debussy-esque "planning" between sonorities. Joubert's record is worth listening to.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warwick University Arts Centre Studio (04/23/1987-04/25/1987).



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>Joubert, John : Temps perdu, variations for string orchestra, Op. 99
  • Performers: Christopher Hirons (Violin); Pierre Joubert (Violin)
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Ensemble: English String Orchestra
  • Notes: Warwick University Arts Centre Studio (04/23/1987-04/25/1987)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Joubert, John : Sinfonietta for orchestra, Op. 38
  • Performers: James Buck (French Horn); Anna Evans (Oboe); Christine Predota (Bassoon); Stephen Roberts (French Horn); Keith Rubach (Bassoon); Paul Taylor (Oboe)
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Notes: Warwick University Arts Centre Studio (04/23/1987-04/25/1987)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1962

>Joubert, John : The Instant Moment, song cycle for voice & orchestra, Op. 110
  • Performer: Henry Herford (Baritone)
  • Conductor: William Boughton
  • Notes: Warwick University Arts Centre Studio (04/23/1987-04/25/1987)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1987