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]