The Music of Gordon Jacob
Ed B. Flowers | New York City | 11/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gordon Jacob is one of my favorite composers. If I could compose, I'd like it to be chamber music like his. I'm an amateur oboe player and we'll be performing two movements from his Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano in January. This record has a beautiful version of this piece.
Another attraction of this record is the beautiful oboe play of Sara Francis. She phrases things beautifully and musically. She uses a European scrape reed which has a reedy sound to my ear--not at all the mellow American sound--but this merely adds to the interest of the performances.
Measure number 40 in the first movement of the Trio contains the chord that he built the Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra around. This is a favorite piece of mine--unrelentingly romantic and beautiful. I also play the chromatic harmonica. Get the version of this by Tommy Riley."