Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra Archive

Jeffrey JACOB:  “Reawakening” – Jeffrey Jacob (p., comp.) / Enrique Mesa / Daniel Spalding / Lara Turner – Novana Records

Jeffrey JACOB: “Reawakening” – Jeffrey Jacob (p., comp.) / Enrique Mesa / Daniel Spalding / Lara Turner – Novana Records

“Reawakening” = Music of Jeffrey JACOB – various orchestras and ensembles (track details below), Jeffrey Jacob (piano) Navona Records CD NV6087 TT:  62:00 (4/14/17) **** Lush and well recorded contemporary orchestral and ensemble music Composer Jeffrey Jacob has written four symphonies, three piano concertos, and numerous works for piano and chamber ensemble. Raymond Leppard and the Indianapolis Symphony premiered his Symphony: Winter Lightning. The Moscow and St. Petersburg Symphonies premiered respectively his Piano Concertos 1 and 2 with the composer as soloist. The Gregg Smith Singers premiered his Sleeping at Last for mixed chorus and solo cello. Jacob’s Persistence of Memory was premiered by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony at the 1999 College Music Society National Convention, and was selected by the Charles Ives Center for American Music for a performance by the Charleston Symphony at the 2002 Charleston Spoleto Festival. On this disc we get 8 works by the composer, recorded with various ensembles and orchestras, including, notably, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. They played Jacobs’ Awakening for Piano and Orchestra, the first American composed piece played in 5 decades. The music is generally contemplative – what I might term ‘night music’. Although the pieces vary some in tone, […]