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John Pickard: Tenebrae; Piano Concerto; Sea-Change / Brabbins, Norrköping SO, Fredrik Ullén, piano

Album Summary

>Pickard, John : Piano Concerto
>Pickard, John : Sea-Change, for orchestra
>Pickard, John : Tenebrae, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

International Record Review, May 2013
Brabbins directs with undemonstrative mastery and the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra is suitably uninhibited in its response...That a Swedish orchestra (and record label) should have taken up [this music's] cause in so committed a fashion says much for its intrinsic qualities.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
This may be one of the most important contemporary orchesral CDs of 2013...Brabbins puts plenty of fire into the Norrk÷ping players in presenting this full-blooded, ferociously positive music. BIS's sonics are first-rate. An absolute triumph.

MusicWeb International, 23rd May 2013
Terrifically exciting...The Norrk÷ping Symphony and Martyn Brabbins may not sound like a guaranteed-knockout team, but here, as on the earlier Pickard disc, they have the technique, the muscle and the insight to make this a recording to cherish.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Sea-Change, from 1989, is a 17-minute tone-poem "about" the sea. I admire the craft that went into making it, in particular its largescale structural logic clearly audible in the development of the opening theme as it progresses through keys a fifth apart. Pickard's 2000 Piano Concerto is a fullscale effort: three joined fast-slow-fast movements lasting 31 minutes. From 2009, Tenebrae - a 24-minute threnody for Gesualdo.


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Works Details

>Pickard, John : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Fredrik Ullén (Piano)
  • Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
  • Ensemble: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1999-2000

>Pickard, John : Sea-Change, for orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988-1989

>Pickard, John : Tenebrae, for orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008-2009