South of the Line: Choral Music by John Joubert | CD | Download | SOMM Recordings
Choirs are at the heart of John Joubert's music and it is by his choral music that he seems to communicate most directly with audiences. He once commented. 'Communication is important to me. I want to be understood, enjoyed and used'. It's perhaps for this reason, this capacity for dramatic articulation of meaning, that his choral music holds such a certain place in the listeners' hearts. Indeed he has composed choral music throughout his career winning, in 1952, a Novello Anthem competition with O Lorde, the Maker of Al Thing set to a poem by Henry VIII. The lullaby-like There is no Rose (1954) is another work with a firm place in the English choral repertoire, and another setting of an ancient text. Incantation, Pilgrimage Song and Three Portraits as well as Sonnet, This is the Gate of the Lord, Autumn Rain and Be Not Afeard, his most recent work a commission for Novello honouring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, are all first recordings. But perhaps the most powerful