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John Joubert

Publisher: Novello & Co

An English Requiem (2010)
John Joubert’s An English Requiem was commissioned by the Grimmitt Trust for the 2010 Gloucester Three Choirs Festival and was given its first performance at Gloucester Cathedral on 9 August, 2010, with the Festival Choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester, Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Neal Davies (baritone) and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Adrian Partington.
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
2010
Duration
45 Minutes
Chorus
junior chorus; SATB
Soloist
Baritone, Soprano
Programme Note
John Joubert An English Requiem (2010)
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Reviews
Joubert's English Requiem would make a fine addition to the repertoire of any large choral society and bring pleasure to its audiences looking for something challenging and different.
Philip Reed, Choir and Organ,5/1/2011
The orchestration was much praised in reviews of the first performance, especially the interplay of horn and oboe solos with the solo singers…It demands a large orchestra with a competent and large choral society to whom it will give considerable pleasure.
John Henderson, Organists' Review,5/1/2011
This atmospheric work …progresses from a realization of the inevitability of death to an embracing of it, for instance in the lovely passage “God will wipe away every tear ; there will be no more death.” Joubert’s use of his soloists…is powerful and rapturous…instrumental passages yield memorable colourings.
Roderic Dunnett, Church Times,9/17/2010
An English Requiem is a work of weight and substance, abetted by the composer’s fine musical imagination. It deserves many more outings.
Roderic Dunnett, Music and Vision,9/17/2010
...the dying fall at the music's end was beautifully captured.
Ivan Hewett, The Telegragh,8/17/2010
...a most impressive and eloquent work. Read full review
John Quinn, Musicweb International,8/14/2010
... the score is elegantly written, and there are some novel homages to Mahler in the keening third of its woodwind writing. "Clever", commented a lady in the audience at the conclusion.
Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post,8/13/2010
...one could easily imagine Elgar, VW, Howells, Britten and Walton nodding their heads in approval (and, perhaps, recognition) as Joubert's majestic climaxes, astringent harmonies and poignant melodies echoed round the Gothic arches.
Richard Morrison, The Times,8/11/2010
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