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Maurice Jacobson: Theme and Variations

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Playing time: 79'58"
Tracks: 32
Booklet pages: 8
© 2014 Naxos Rights US Inc
Reviewer: Howard Smith
Review of Maurice Jacobson: Theme and Variations published on 18 April 2015

Listen: Maurice Jacobson: Carousal (track 18, 0:00-1:00)

Julian Jacobson, piano (tracks 1-32)
Jennifer Johnston, mezzo-soprano (tracks 8 and 16)
Raphael Wallfisch, cello (tracks 2, 17 and 19)
Mariko Brown, piano (tracks 1 and 20-32)

Maurice Jacobson (1896-1976):

1 Mosaic (1949)

2 Salcey Lawn (1946)

The Music Room - Five Miniatures for Piano (1935)
3 Rustic Ballet
4 Sarabande
5 Bagatelle
6 Brown Study
7 River Music

8 The Lord is my shepherd (1936)

Romantic Theme (1910) and Variations (1944)
9 Theme
10 Variation 1: Moderato - quasi improvvista
11 Variation 2: Allegretto - poco capriccioso
12 Variation 3: Moderato - con energia
13 Variation 4: Andante con espressione
14 Variation 5: Moderato - con deliberazione
15 Variation 6: Finale: Andante con grandezza - Moderato - Moderato con moto - Tempo di tema

16 The Song of Songs (1946)

17 Lament (1941)

18 Carousal (1946)

19 Humoreske (1948)

Theme and Variations (1943-7)
20 Theme
21 Variation 1: Allegro moderato
22 Variation 2: Allegro leggiero
23 Variation 3: Allegretto con moto
24 Variation 4: Lento espressivo
25 Variation 5: Allegro vivace -
26 Variation 6: L'istesso tempo -energico e ritmico
27 Variation 7: Allegretto scherzando
28 Variation 8: Andante semplice
29 Variation 9: Lento espressivo
30 Variation 10: Allegro strepitoso
31 Variation 11: Allegretto con moto - alla Reel
32 Finale: Largo - molto pesante e misurato

Maurice Jacobson was regarded in his lifetime as a 'musician extraordinary', such was his versatility as a composer, performer and music adminstrator. His works are fundamentally classicist, varying from the timeless austerity of The Lord is my shepherd, the popular accessibility of The Music Room and the virtuoso Carousal, to the concentrated and deeply felt Lament. The Theme and Variations is a rich and wide-ranging work, originally written for large orchestra. These interpretations with the composer's pianist son Julian Jacobson reap the benefits of access to original manuscripts and an unparalleled intimacy with the composer's intentions.

Recorded 11 January (tracks 1-7, 9-15, 17 and 19) and 3 February 2013 (tracks 8, 16, 18 and 20-32) at Menuhin Hall, Stoke d'Abernon, UK.


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