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.
"...the works range over three decades of compositional activity. They are presented in chronological order, which makes a satisfying programme and also allows the listener to hear the composer’s gradually evolving style and note his changing preoccupations... Each piece is given a reading of considerable interpretative trength and poetry. Warm and wide-ranging recordings set the seal on a highly desirable release that is well worth exploring ... "
Paul Conway - Tempo (Vol 67) - October 2013