JOHN JOUBERT (b.1927): String Quartets No. 1 in A Flat, Op. 1, No. 2, Op. 91 and No. 3, Op. 112.
Catalogue Number: 09O013
Reference: CD 0113
Description: This recording of the Shostakovichian Second (1977) was part of a two-disc chamber music release for Joubert's 80th birthday five years ago (09J010) but the other two quartets received their World Premiere Recordings. The First (1950) is indebted to Walton, down to sharing the main theme of the finale of the latter's Sym. No. 1 while the Third (1987) shows the Shostakovich influence completely absorbed into Joubert's personal tonal language - tough, passionate, tense but ultimately hopeful. If only he'd written more quartets...