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JOHN PICKARD
Chamber Music

 

Rupert Marshall-Luck (vn & va) | Sophie Harris (vc)
Ian Mitchell (bass clar.) | Matthew Rickard (pf)

 

EAN 5 060113 441508

The performances are first-rate, and violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck does double duty equally convincingly on the viola in the Chaconne. Recorded sound is clear and musical, and presents both the music and the performances in the best possible light. I view John Pickard as an important composer of our time. His is an individual voice, and his music is both approachable and rewarding, demanding repeated listening. This is simply a compact disc not to be missed.

DAVID DEBOOR CANFIELD | FANFARE

The Chaconne for Solo Viola [receives a] beautifully shaped performance by Marshall-Luck... Recommended all around for some extraordinarily beautiful music and extraordinarily beautiful playing.

JERRY DUBIN | FANFARE

All these performances meet the often considerable challenges of their respective pieces head on. Rupert Marshall-Luck, in particular, proves as adept in an overtly contemporary idiom as in those of the early twentieth century with which he is most associated... [Pickard’s] music has a substance and durability which make it, and the present disc, required listening.

RICHARD WHITEHOUSE | INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

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 to be among its most prominent characteristics.

TRACK LISTING AND AUDIO SAMPLES

PIANO TRIO (1990)
1. I. quarter-note = 144 –  
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2. II. eighth-note = 72 –  
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3. III. quarter-note = 144  
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4. INSOMNIA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (1997)  
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5. CHACONNE FOR SOLO VIOLA (1998)  
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VALEDICTIONS FOR CELLO AND PIANO (1999–2000)
6. 1. ‘... of Weeping’  
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2. ‘... forbidding Mourning’  
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SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO (2004)
8. I. Allegro –  
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9. Presto possibile  
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10. II. Adagio  
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11. SNOWBOUND FOR BASS CLARINET, CELLO AND PIANO (2010)  
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