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Picker: Old And Lost Rivers, Etc/ Eschenbach, Gielgud, Et Al


Release Date: 08/06/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61519   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tobias Picker
Performer:  Christoph EschenbachJohn GielgudRobert Atherholt
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It comes as a surprise to discover that Tobias Picker belongs to what has been called the Neo-Romantic school of composition, for he studied with some of the most hard-line modernists. On this CD we have three outstanding works by this American composer: "Old and Lost Rivers," in versions for both orchestra and solo piano; "Romances and Interludes" for oboe and orchestra, and "The Encantadas," a piece inspired by Herbert Melville's visit to the Galapagos Islands.
"Old and Lost Rivers" is a quiet work that, in keeping with its title, beautifully conveys a feeling of reverie and longing. While the orchestral version may appeal to those who prefer a larger musical canvas, the piece is just as appealing in its solo piano version.
Read more "Romances and Interludes" is actually a concerto for oboe and orchestra, and derives its title and influences from Schumann's "Three Romances" for oboe and piano of 1849.
The central work on this CD is "The Encantadas" for actor and orchestra. The work's Brucknerian sonorities, sudden outbursts and quietly-rippling melodies that underlay John Gielgud's narration beautifully evoke, in the words of Charles Darwin, the "infernal regions" as well as the tumultuous events of the Galapagos Islands. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Old and Lost Rivers by Tobias Picker
Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
2.
Encantadas by Tobias Picker
Performer:  John Gielgud (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
3.
Romances and Interludes, Op 94 by Tobias Picker
Performer:  Robert Atherholt (Oboe)
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
Notes: "Romances and Interludes" are orchestral settings of themes from Robert
Schumann's "Three Romances for Oboe and Piano." 
4.
Old and Lost Rivers by Tobias Picker
Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A delightful find August 27, 2013 By Scott H. See All My Reviews "It took me a good while to find and purchase this album. As I'm going through the process of finding 'current' American composers, and listening to Picker, I've been amazed how approachable his work is, especially considering the difficulties of finding composers who were in the latter half of the 20th Century. This is well recorded, and you can't lose with Gielgud's narration of "The Encantadas."" Report Abuse
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