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John Pickard - Mass in Troubled Times

Composer John Pickard
Performer Chloë Abbott
BBC Singers
David Goode
Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2651 SACD
EAN 7318599926513
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2023
Total time 74'30

Previous BIS releases of works by John Pickard have mainly featured instrumental compositions. This recording presents another facet of the British composer’s work, with compositions for choir under the expert direction of Martyn Brabbins as well as two instrumental pieces.

The five short Latin motets as well as Ozymandias, Pickard’s opus 1, can be described as ‘occasional pieces’ composed during the composer’s student years or for the choir he conducts at the University of Bristol. &&&They display solid tonal grounding and mainly homophonic writing and provide a stepping-stone to some of the more dissonant style found in the latter works. Written for the BBC Singers, whose reputation is well established, the Mass in Troubled Times is an ambitious work bearing witness to a context of global uncertainty. The Mass is a collaboration with the writer Gavin D’Costa, who conceived a complex text based on multiple sources in five languages, combining Western and Middle Eastern religious texts with poetry evoking the plight of refugees. Orion for trumpet and organ, which is partly programmatic, evoking the most splendid constellation and allowing trumpeter Chloë Abbott to shine, and Tesserae for solo organ, with its dazzling virtuosity, played here by the work’s first performer, David Goode, complete this disc.
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  John Pickard
  Three Latin Motets 7'46
01 I. O nata lux 1'43
02 II. Te lucis ante terminum 3'05
03 III. Ubi caritas et amor 2'58
04 O Magnum Mysterium 3'01
  Orion for trumpet and organ 17'10
05 I. Nebula 4'24
06 II. Alnitak 6'34
07 III. Betelgeuse 6'12
08 Ave Maris Stella 4'14
09 Ozymandias 4'27
10 Tesserae for organ 11'37
  Mass in Troubled Times 26'08
11 Introitus 2'37
12 Kyrie 2'15
13 Gloria 5'58
14 Credo 7'07
15 Sanctus 3'50
16 Agnus Dei 4'21
  Album total 74'30
ComposerPickard, John
ChoirBBC Singers
TrumpetAbbott, Chloë
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