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Pickard: Sixteen Sunrises, Symphony No. 5 & Concertante Variations


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Born in 1963, John Pickard is best known for a series of powerful orchestral and instrumental works and previous recordings on BIS of his music have received critical acclaim in reviews such as Gramophone (''simply stunning''), American Record Guide (''superb works in wonderful readings'') and BBC Music Magazine (''an absolute triumph''). The present album brings together some of Pickard's most recent orchestral compositions, in performances by two o fhis long-time collaborators: the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Martyn Brabbins. The opening work is Symphony no. 5, which was composed in 2014 with these performers in mind. Lasting some thirty minutes, the symphony is in a single continuous movement. It requires no less than three timpanists who are placed at the back of the orchestra to the right, left and centre, leading to some dramatic antiphonal exchanges. The symphony is followed by Sixteen Sunrises, the result of the composer's wish to compose a piece ''filled with light''. The title of the piece refers to the number of sunrises that can be observed during a twenty-four-hour period from the International Space Station, as it orbits the earth. Musical depictions of sunrises are normally gradual processes, but viewed from teh ISS, a sunrise occurs in a matter of seconds, and it is the idea of suddenly shifting from darkness to light that formed the basis of the shape of Pickard's piece.
Facts
Item number BIS-2261
Barcode 7318599922614
Release date 7/7/2017
Category Orchestral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Brabbins, Martyn
Orchestra BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 500:30:00
1 Symphony No. 5: I. Tempestoso 00:09:29 BBC National Orchestra of Wales Brabbins, Martyn
2 Symphony No. 5: II. Prestissimo 00:04:39 BBC National Orchestra of Wales Brabbins, Martyn
3 Symphony No. 5: III. Maestoso 00:06:53 Brabbins, Martyn BBC National Orchestra of Wales
4 Symphony No. 5: IV. — 00:10:53 Brabbins, Martyn BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Sixteen Sunrises00:14:00
5 Sixteen Sunrises 00:14:38 BBC National Orchestra of Wales Brabbins, Martyn
Concertante Variations (Presteigne Concerto)00:12:00
6 Concertante Variations "Presteigne Concerto" 00:12:59 Brabbins, Martyn BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Toccata (after C. Monteverdi)00:02:00
7 Toccata (After C. Monteverdi) 00:02:06 Brabbins, Martyn BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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