Pickard: Chamber Music
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John Pickard: Chamber Music

Catalogue Number: TOCC0150
EAN: 5060113441508
Release Date: 27 August 2012
Duration: 78:31

Piano Trio
Insomnia for Violin and Piano
Chaconne for Solo Viola
Valedictions for Cello and Piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Snowbound for Bass Clarinet, Cello and Piano

Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin, viola
Sophie Harris, cello
Ian Mitchell, bass clarinet
Matthew Rickard, piano

Reviews of music by the English composer John Pickard (b. 1963) have stated that ‘he has the technique and the temperament to emerge as one of the great symphonists of the 21st century’, even that ‘his place among the greats is secure’. This conspectus of his chamber music traces the evolution of his style over two decades, from the Piano Trio of 1990 to Snowbound of 2010, revealing a powerful rhythmic drive, a feeling for toughly argued drama and a poetic sensitivity to atmosphere among its most prominent characteristics.

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Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 78:31
1-3 Piano Trio (1990)

John Pickard, composer
Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin
Sophie Harris, cello
Matthew Rickard, piano
17:49
1 I. ♩ = 144 – 4:44 play
2 II. ♪ = 72 – 6:58 play
3 III. ♩ = 144 6:07 play
4 Insomnia for Violin and Piano (1997)

John Pickard, composer
Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin
Matthew Rickard, piano

(first recording)
12:39 play
5 Chaconne for Solo Viola (1998)

John Pickard, composer
Rupert Marshall-Luck, viola

(first recording)
10:07 play
6-7 Valedictions for Cello and Piano (1999–2000)

John Pickard, composer
Sophie Harris, cello
Matthew Rickard, piano

(first recording)
9:30
6 1. ‘… of Weeping’ 4:05 play
7 2. ‘… forbidding Mourning’ 5:25 play
8-10 Sonata for Violin and Piano (2004)

John Pickard, composer
Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin
Matthew Rickard, piano

(first recording)
19:07
8 I. Allegro 6:31 play
9 Presto possibile 3:40 play
10 II. Adagio 8:56 play
11 Snowbound for Bass Clarinet, Cello and Piano (2010)

John Pickard, composer
Sophie Harris, cello
Ian Mitchell, bass clarinet
Matthew Rickard, piano

(first recording)
9:19 play

Artists

John Pickard

John Pickard, composer

Rupert Marshall-Luck

Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin, viola
[credit: Em Marshall-Luck]

Sophie Harris

Sophie Harris, cello
[credit: Jeremy Hilder]

Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell, bass clarinet
[credit: Francesca Zabrini]

Matthew Rickard

Matthew Rickard, piano
[credit: Andras Kovacs]

Reviews

...powerful and forceful music

...The playing is magnificent, leading me to ponder what a deep layer of talent there is on the musical scene. For example, and only an example, why pay top dollar to listen to Yo Yo Ma when Sophie Harris is on our own doorstep? ...Likewise Michael Ponder, the producer-engineer of this Toccata issue, has achieved recording quality equal to, and maybe better than, most of the major companies: very present and dynamic with a nice space around the performers.

Dave Billinge MusicWeb International May 2014

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