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Jeffrey Jacob: Reawakening


Release Date: 04/14/2017 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6087  
Composer:  Jeffrey Jacob
Performer:  Jeffrey JacobLara Turner
Conductor:  Enrique Pérez MesaDaniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of CubaThe Capitol Philharmonic of New JerseyPhiladelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer and pianist Jeffrey Jacobs returns to Navona Records with Reawakening, a collection of varied works for orchestra and chamber ensembles. Jacob's lush, mystical style pervades the album, often blending his piano's sound with orchestral arrangements to create rich musical imagery, as in The Loch Before Sunrise and A Mirror Upon the Waters. The title work is a composition for piano and orchestra, which was debuted on Ansonica Records' second Cuba-based album Intersections. It's one of the first pieces by an American composer to be recorded by the Cuban National Symphony in 50 years. Jacob found inspiration from Thomas Hardy's poem of the same name, writing that Hardy's "unforgettable images of the natural world as it struggles Read more toward spring and rebirth were irresistible." The Loch Before Sunrise and A Mirror Upon the Waters follow, both colorful works for piano and orchestra that explore imagery from different Alpine lakes. Music for Haiti for piccolo and strings contrasts these themes, evoking the sorrow, loss, hopefulness, and rebirth of Haiti following the devastation of its recent earthquake. Remembrance of Thigns Past, another piece inspired by literature, takes its title from a Shakespearean sonnet. It features a soloist showcase for oboe, as well as a meditative chaconne. Jacob's Sonata for Cello and Piano has two remarkable contrasting movements, opposing the gentle opening "Lullaby" with a faster, more anxious movement with sweeping melodic lines. The album closes with a work for solo piano Rewakening, recalling the opening piece and bringing the album full circle. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Awakening, for piano & orchestra by Jeffrey Jacob
Performer:  Jeffrey Jacob (Piano)
Conductor:  Enrique Pérez Mesa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005; United States 
2.
The Loch Before Sunrise by Jeffrey Jacob
Performer:  Jeffrey Jacob (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Capitol Philharmonic of New Jersey
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
A Mirror Upon the Waters by Jeffrey Jacob
Performer:  Jeffrey Jacob (Piano)
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Capitol Philharmonic of New Jersey
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Music for Haiti by Jeffrey Jacob
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Remembrance of Things Past by Jeffrey Jacob
Conductor:  Daniel Spalding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Sonata for Cello & Piano by Jeffrey Jacob
Performer:  Lara Turner (Cello), Jeffrey Jacob (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
7.
Reawakening by Jeffrey Jacob
Performer:  Jeffrey Jacob (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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