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John Pickard: Symphonies 2 & 6; Verlaine

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2721 SACD
Release date2024-05-02
Orig. sample rate96000 Hz

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John Pickard is best known for his powerful orchestral and instrumental works, and his music has been widely praised for its large-scale sense of architecture and bold handling of an extended tonal idiom. This recording brings together three works composed over a period of almost forty years, providing a glimpse of the composer's creative range. The Second Symphony, completed when Pickard was 23, is an extremely impressive and concentrated work. Its starting point was John Hersey’s book Hiroshima, which describes how vegetation quickly reasserted its presence amid the city’s ashes. The Verlaine Songs feature six poems by the French poet Paul Verlaine. Chosen for their broad range of expression, the poems were grouped in an order that provides dramatic contrast and an overall progression of mood. The cycle was composed for the soprano Emma Tring, with her particular vocal characteristics very much in Pickard’s mind. The Sixth Symphony, which completes this recording, was composed at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, and is dedicated to Robert von Bahr, founder of BIS Records. After a first movement dominated by a feeling of unease, the second offers relief from the darkness. This recording was the work’s first performance.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Pickard, John
01 Symphony No. 2 26:49 $ 4.02 USD
  Verlaine Songs 14:07
02 I. Chanson d'automne 03:17 $ 0.49 USD
03 II. Spleen 02:41 $ 0.40 USD
04 III. Marine 02:13 $ 0.33 USD
05 IV. Le squelette 03:56 $ 0.59 USD
06 V. L'heure exquise 03:00 $ 0.45 USD
07 VI. Le soleil d'or 02:56 $ 0.44 USD
  Symphony No. 6 27:57
08 i. 11:28 $ 1.72 USD
09 II. 16:29 $ 2.47 USD
  Album total 72:49
ComposerPickard, John
SopranoTring, Emma
OrchestraBBC National Orchestra of Wales

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