John Joubert Choral Music
17th September 2009
The Choir of Gloucester Cathedral conducted by Adrian Partington has recorded a disc of the choral music of John Joubert. The disc surveys Joubert’s output, from the early O Lorde, the maker of al thing and the popular There is no rose to his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in A, written in 1968 for St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, and the Passacaglia and Fugue for organ performed by Ashley Grote. Most significant however, are two larger works. Rochester Triptych is a setting of texts by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester during the seventeenth-century. Five Songs of Incarnation is the most recent work on the disc and was commissioned in celebration of the composer’s eightieth birthday in 2007. The piece is s cycle of Christmas carols on Medieval texts, each linked by a tenor solo.
Joubert is currently at work on an English Requiem for performance at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester in 2010.
The Choral Music of John Joubert
Choir of Gloucester Cathedral
Ashley Grote, organ; Adrian Partington, conductor
Priory PRCD 1028