The Music of David Jephcott A Different View
David Jephcott began composing music as an antidote to the stresses of his commercial and academic life in the 1990s. He is entirely self taught as both pianist and composer and uses modern music technology to produce beautiful melodies. He then collaborates with a hand picked team of skilled arrangers to produce the finished work as heard on this album.
A Fellow of the RSA, David’s primary field of expertise was technology and he was responsible for one of the most significant technological developments of the last century, the bead drive. This invention is currently being adapted for various industrial scenarios through the commercial world.
David’s music has been appreciated by audiences at performances throughout his native UK and further afield and his natural flair for producing unforgettable melodies is frequently remarked upon by audiences and critics.
A performance at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 by pianist Robin Hutt, “Big Chopin and Little Jephcott” in which he interleaved works by the two composers, was well received by both audiences and critics.
The Adagio is a smoothly soothing piece with none of the piercing intensity of the Barber equivalent; no harm in that. This is soul balm and for me suggests one of those lightly ecstatic moonlit caramel intermezzos in French grand opera. The Blue Nile is for full orchestra. It too is gentle and emerges from the same benign milieu as the Adagio - a touch of the Pavanes by Fauré and Ravel. The Ludlow Air is dedicated to the Shropshire town. Its language is tinged with that of the classic English pastoral, a mist of birdsong, green swooning and folksy Butterworth contours peppered with the occasional insurgency from Mozart and Canteloube. Glencoe starts with an explosion of life and moves rapidly to a lissom melody countered with a catchy half-dance and half planxty for harp.
Rob Barnett, Musicweb-international.com