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JACOB, G.: Recorder Chamber Music (Knight, Bigwood, Maggini Quartet, Fontanella)

Composer(s):Jacob, Gordon
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572364
Label Naxos
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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 première recordings.


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Review By Record Geijutsu,February 2011


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Review By James Manheim,Allmusic.com,January 2011

Gordon Jacob, born in 1895, taught for many years at the Royal College of Music; one of his students there was Malcolm Arnold, and one can hear the connection in these little pieces for recorder. Jacob wasn’t particularly a recorder specialist but wrote idiomatically for a wide variety of instruments in a neo-classic idiom shaped somewhat by English pastoralism and by the heritage of English music. Putting these influences together with a solo recorder was a promising line of inquiry, and it’s not surprising that he wrote several works for the instrument, two of which are given their premieres here by the agile British player Annabel Knight. The finale of the Suite for recorder and string quartet (1957), commissioned by the great recorder revivalist Carl Dolmetsch

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