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Picker: Symphony No 2, Etc / Comissiona, Houston Symphony


Release Date: 06/23/2011 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79246   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tobias Picker
Performer:  Leona Mitchell
Conductor:  Sergiu Comissiona
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony OrchestraMendelssohn String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tobias Picker studied with that grand duo of American rationalists -- Milton Babbitt and Charles Wuorinen -- and, like them, possesses an abiding faith in the European 12-tone tradition. But his recent music, influenced by American trends toward tonality and accessibility, has opened up immensely, and his Symphony No. 2 sounds like full-blown post-Romanticism. This is, however, no easy return to Romanticism. Instead, it partakes of a chromatic Expressionism, underpinned by tonal references that burst to the surface only in the Straussian setting of a Goethe poem. The String Quartet No. 1, inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, is more abstract and dissonant, but no less poignant.

-- The New York Times [12/2/1990]
Tobias Picker studied with that grand duo of American rationalists -- Milton Babbitt and Charles Wuorinen -- and, like them, possesses an abiding faith in the European 12-tone tradition. But his recent music, influenced by American trends toward tonality and accessibility, has opened up immensely, and his Symphony No. 2 sounds like full-blown post-Romanticism. This is, however, no easy return to Romanticism. Instead, it partakes of a chromatic Expressionism, underpinned by tonal references that burst to the surface only in the Straussian setting of a Goethe poem. The String Quartet No. 1, inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, is more abstract and dissonant, but no less poignant.

-- The New York Times [12/2/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2 "Aussöhnung" by Tobias Picker
Performer:  Leona Mitchell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sergiu Comissiona
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 1 "New Memories" by Tobias Picker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mendelssohn String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 

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