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.
Rupert Marshall-Luck, violin, viola Sophie Harris, cello Ian Mitchell, bass clarinet Matthew Rickard, piano
Catalogue No: TOCC0150EAN/UPC: 5060113441508Release Date: 27.08.2012Composer: John Pickard Artists: Ian Mitchell, Matthew Rickard, Rupert Marshall-Luck, Sophie Harris
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Valedictions for Cello and Piano (1999–2000) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0150/TOCC0150t06.mp3
Sonata for Violin and Piano (2004) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0150/TOCC0150t08.mp3
Dave Billinge :
“…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.” MusicWeb International
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