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TO 0197

John Pickard - Chamber Music, Volume Two

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Camerata Quartet



Venue:

New Southgate, London



Producer:

Michael Ponder



Engineer:

Michael Ponder



Record Label
Toccata

Genre:

Chamber




Total Time - 64:08
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JOHN PICKARD

 

String Quartet No.1 (1991)

 
1 crotchet = 48 - 3:46
2 'unison melody' 1 - 1:24
3 Prelude - 2:20
4 Fugue I - 4:09
5 Fugue II 4:25
6 'unison melody' 2 - 4:31
7 Meditation - 3:24
8 Prestissimo - 8:41
9 'climax' 3:03
10 Coda 2:19
   
 

String Quartet No.5 (2012-13)

 
11 I Inquieto 6:21
12 II Desolato 4:39
13 III Prestissimo e leggiero - 3:21
14 IV Drammatico 5:19
15 V Molto energico 6:26
  TT 64:08      
   
   
  10 July (Quartet No.1) and 11 July 2013 (Quartet No.5)  


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’. The earliest and most recent of his five string quartets – neither previously recorded – date from two decades apart but show the same masterly control of counterpoint and an overarching sense of harmonic direction. The First (1991) is cast in a huge single paragraph, 38 minutes in length, unfolding with the drama and pace of an adventure novel; the five-movement Fifth (2012–13) explores a dialectic of conflict and resolution.

 "Here’s further proof that John Pickard (b1962) is one of the most edifying and accomplished composers around... Pickards’s masterly writing evinces an entrancing wholeness, keen proportion and profoundly humane spirit that nourish both head and heart. Any listener familiar with the quartets of, say, Britten, Simpson, McCabe or David Matthews should waste no time in making this marvellous work’s acquaintence. The Brodowski Quartet lend this enormously rewarding repertoire thrillingly persausive, spellbindingly eloquent advocacy, and their sterling efforts have been most naturally captured ny Michael Ponder’s microphones... Do try and hear this wholly admirable coupling."

Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - May 2014




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