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Pickard: Songs for Voice & Piano / Lepper, Williams, Daniell


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 413  
Composer:  John Pickard
Performer:  Simon LepperRoderick WilliamsEve Daniell
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The English composer John Pickard (b. 1963) is best known for a series of powerful orchestral works, five symphonies among them. But this album of songs – his complete output for voice and piano to date – demonstrates that he can generate drama on a smaller scale, too. These settings – of two less familiar poets of the First World War, often exploring man’s relationship with nature, and a translation of a ninth-century Anglo-Saxon phantasmagorical allegory – encompass a wide range of moods, requiring soaring vocal lines, declamatory authority and the gentlest intimacy, supported by piano textures that can flare up in freewheeling virtuosity. The English composer John Pickard (b. 1963) is best known for a series of powerful orchestral works, five symphonies among them. But this album of songs – his complete output for voice and piano to date – demonstrates that he can generate drama on a smaller scale, too. These settings – of two less familiar poets of the First World War, often exploring man’s relationship with nature, and a translation of a ninth-century Anglo-Saxon phantasmagorical allegory – encompass a wide range of moods, requiring soaring vocal lines, declamatory authority and the gentlest intimacy, supported by piano textures that can flare up in freewheeling virtuosity. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Binyon Songs by John Pickard
Performer:  Simon Lepper (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
2.
The Phoenix by John Pickard
Performer:  Simon Lepper (Piano), Eve Daniell (Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 
3.
The Borders of Sleep by John Pickard
Performer:  Simon Lepper (Piano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: England 

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