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Christopher Jessup Christopher Jessup EP


Gifting an immediate sense of story, colour and purpose, Christopher Jessup‘s self-titled EP comprises six compositions, and begins with the solo piano work Debussy: Minstrels, No. 12 from Préludes, Book 1, L. 117 – a quirky, intriguing and captivating progression, far more about capturing the story than the simplicity of sound and melody.

Complexity of playing is a key trait of Jessup’s, but never in favour of purpose – far from it. This opening piece grips the listener, entertains them, moves them, provokes them to pause for a moment and simply listen. It’s a treasured response not often found in much of modern music, and this entire EP draws a series of similar reactions from its audience.

Second in line is Grieg: Sonata in E Minor, op. 7 (II. Andante molto), suddenly more emotive, simpler to begin with, even familiar. The versatility is powerful, and contrast is masterfully utilised – not just within the walls of each track, but from one to the next.

We then get a fine balance between the two approaches, a complex and impressive, fast-fingered performance, and a story both dark and joyful as it unfolds. Haydn: Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32 (I. Allegro moderato) enthrals as ever, and the energy increases with the playing – the solo presence again feeling much greater than it perhaps more commonly does. The delivery is faultless, crisp, clean and energetic, light yet intentional and brilliantly compelling.

Ravel: Sonatine, M. 40 (I. Modéré) balances that lightness and pace wonderfully too, injecting a clear level of emotion or passion that does indeed prompt the mind to wander slightly – appreciating the performance no less, but considering and even interpreting one’s own journey alongside it.

Jessup: Le Revenant marks an original composition for the project, and showcases the same level of ability and freedom of expression thanks to the artist’s own affinity with the style and its history. Darkness and light intertwine, enchant the listener, as the tempo rises and hints of chaos and power strike with impact. This unique live delivery adds a welcomed touch of realness that again prompts you to feel grateful for the time, skill, effort and heart that Jessup puts into his music.

Mozart: Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459 (III. Allegro assai) brings things to a bright and multi-layered finish – conducted by Ben Rhee, with the Camerata Artists Orchestra. Cinematic and charming, uplifting and mighty – a bold and awakening end to a creatively sensational EP.

This is the kind of project that offers a little more each and every time the listener delves in.

Grab the album here. Check out Christopher Jessup via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or his Website.

Rebecca Cullen

Founder & Editor

Founder, Editor, Musician & MA Songwriter

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