JOUBERT Song Cycles and Chamber Music
Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano), John Turner (recorder), Richard Tunnicliffe (cello), John McCabe (piano)
Many people are familiar with at least one of Joubert’s miniatures – his carol ‘Torches’, which they probably sang at school – but they are unlikely to know these song cycles, which have been recorded by the imaginative Toccata label to mark his eightieth birthday. They burst with his characteristic melodic inventiveness and vivid word setting and are beautifully captured here by Lesley-Jane Rogers. Chamber piece are also included, with John McCabe, who has long championed Joubert’s work, in fine form at the keyboard.
Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 10/21/2007