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PICKARD, J.: Tenebrae / Piano Concerto / Sea-Change (Ullen, Norrkoping Symphony, Brabbins)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra

Brabbins, Martyn

Martyn Brabbins



Louis De Geer Hall, Norrkoping, Sweden

Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 72:40
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PICKARD, J.: Tenebrae / Piano Concerto / Sea-Change (Ullen, Norrkoping Symphony, Brabbins)

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Piano Concerto

1 Toccata 9:00
2 Passacaglia 12:05
3 Fuga 9:51




 Martyn Brabbins Conductor
 Brabbins, Martyn

‘A born master of the orchestra’ is how the British composer John Pickard was described when BBC Music Magazine reviewed a previous album of his orchestral music, while Fanfare called it ‘essential listening for lovers of modern music’, finding the performances ‘absolutely thrilling, emotionally involved and seamlessly evolved’. Given such reactions, it is not surprising that Pickard, Martyn Brabbins and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra decided to continue their rewarding collaboration, with results that can be heard on the present disc. The three pieces included span three decades, and in his own liner notes to the disc, Pickard remarks that the programme gives an overall sense of his development as an orchestral composer: ‘from the clear outlines of the early Sea-Change, with its indebtedness to the sound-world of several Nordic composers, through the colourful exuberance of the Piano Concerto, to the darkness and turbulence of Tenebrae.’ Completed in 2009, Tenebrae takes as its starting point a fragment from Carlo Gesualdo’s Tristis est anima mea (Sad is my soul) from the composer’s settings for the Tenebrae services of Holy Week. The work is in itself a result of the earlier collaboration between Pickard and these performers; commissioned by the Norrköping orchestra which gave it its première in 2010, it is dedicated to Martyn Brabbins. Joining the team on this disc is Fredrik Ullén, making his first recording with orchestra after a number of highly praised solo recitals. John Pickard’s piano concerto has three movements, Toccata - Passacaglia - Fuga, forming a continuous span. During the course of the thirty minute-long work, three different basic relationships between soloist and orchestra are explored: dialogue, dominance and partnership, the latter illustrated in the closing double fugue, throughout which the soloist and the orchestra work together very much as a team.

                          **** (Excellent Disc)

Michael Sebaoun - Classica magazine (France) - September 2013

                     Performance *****        Recording *****

"This may be one of the most important contemporary orchestral CDs of 2013... An absolute triumph."

Calum MacDonald - BBC Music magazine - June 2013

          IRR Outstanding

"The all-round excellence of the previous BIS release devoted to the orchestral music of John Pickard was no one-off, as this follow-up disc impressively confirms... Once again, Brabbins directs with undemonstrative mastery and the Norrköpping Symphony Orchestra is suitably uninhibited in its response. The recorded sound is well up to BIS’s customary standards ... urgent recommendation..."

Richard Whitehouse - International Record Review - May 2013

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