MAURICE JACOBSON (1896-1976): For Piano Duet: Mosaic, Theme and Variations, Cello and Piano: Salcey Lawn, Lament and Humoreske (Raphael Wallfisch [cello]), Solo Piano: The Music Room, Romantic Theme and Variations, Carousal, Mezzo-Soprano and Piano: The Lord is my shepherd, The Song of Songs (Jennifer Johnston [mezzo]).
Catalogue Number: 07Q077
Description: A tribute disc organized by his pianist son to a pianist/composer who spent most of his life as an administrator for the publisher Curwen. Nothing of the English pastoral tradition here but still classical in form, with some modal inflections and material characteristic of his family's Jewish origins. Completely assured technically and warmly communicative, everything here was written between 1935 and 1949 when his "day job"'s duties prevented Jacobson from composing as much as he might have liked. Texts included. Julian Jacobson (piano), Mariko Brown (duet partner).