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

Release Date: 6/21/2011
Label: Nonesuch
Catalog Number: NON79246
Number of Discs: 1

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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
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]
Customer Reviews