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 GWYN PRITCHARD

 PRESS REVIEWS 

 

THE FIRMAMENT OF TIME  

"…purposeful, even ceaseless transformation…the correlation of incidental detail within the overall picture was finely controlled…expressive immediacy" (classicalsource.com)

"...on a trajectory through space, in and out of clouds, past galaxies and through constellations." (Sara Mohr-Pietsch on Hear and Now, BBC Radio3)

 

LA SETTIMA BOLGIA

"...always in fluctuating, often turbulent motion...brilliantly scored." (The Guardian)

"A firm sense of direction...vividly imagined and realised." (Independent)

 

MERCURIUS

"A piece of many layers, shades, contrasts and transformations, as unpredictable as quicksilver, and just as captivating in its elusive manner" (Contact)

"Austere, delicate patterns..." (Sunday Times)

"Sparkling fragments of dialogue tossed about in explosive flashes...constantly changing mood (The Times)

 

ENSEMBLE MUSIC FOR SIX

"...wonderfully idiomatic" (musicalpointers.co.uk)

 

NEPHALAUXIS

"...striking piece" (Contact)

 

LOLLAY, LOLLAY

".. cunningly evoked the terrifying conception of a lilting lullaby, and the darkness behind its apparent innocence." (Robert Saxton on Music in Our Time, BBC Radio 3)

 

MOONDANCE

"..ranged from deeply lyrical solos to frenzied 'Pierrot Lunaire' atmospheres, encapsulating in music everything one could associate with nocturnal adventure. Most definitely the highlight...successfully captivated the audience." (Venue)

 

CHAMBER CONCERTO

"..an accomplished work" (Tempo)

 

MADRIGAL

"..discipline and formal simplicity ... dryly expressive, like neo-classical Stravinsky." (The Times)

 

NEBULAE AND EPISODES

"...as the music breathed gently...it found an elusive dialogue..." (New Notes)

 

DEMISE

"..made a strong case for further airings." (The Independent)

 

OBJECTS IN SPACE

"..a taught and well pointed structure, and sonorities that were never arbitrary or redundant." (The Guardian)

RES

"...profound... melancholic work." (Bunder Tagblatt, Chur, Switzerland)

 

MUSIC FOR DOUBLE BASS AND HARP

"Carefully crafted... a vivid image of sound" (Neue Musikzeitung)

 

JANUS

"..highly entertaining, brilliantly written, captivating virtuosity." (Dreh Punkt Kultur, Salzburg)

 

INTERMEZZO

"...The music is full of colour, contrast and expression...[the] sense of the music working on multiple levels simultaneously is achieved without overcomplicating the material, and the expression never suffers...very much a piece with a meaning which has much to offer both the player and the listener...an excellent recital piece." (PAN, journal of the British Flute Society)

 

FIVE SHORT PIECES FOR PIANO

"...colourful, imaginative, modern and very playable." (PIANOnews, Germany)

 

RAUM GREIFT AUS

"A substantial piece, palpably honest in its music-making and most effectively written for the instrument...an ambitious piece..." (Tempo)

 

MICROPUS

"A collection of six meticulously elaborate miniatures of varying length and style; fragment to sophisticated character piece, of considerable compositional diversity.... The first volume of these imaginative micro-pieces [nos.1-6] shows the hand of an experienced and professional composer."  (Neue Musikzeitung)  

 

TIDE

"...the core idea is formed very aptly, but lets you feel free to respond." (PIANOnews, Germany)
 

RICORRENZA

"... gesturally rich and technically demanding solo piece with brilliant passagework...lively rhythms. The professional cellist reveals himself in the idiomatic instrumental writing..."  (Neue Musikzeitung)  

 

TO JARDENNA

"...nervously atonal, striving, reflective..." (Independent)

 

ENITHARMON

"...extremely appealing and sensitive...a gratifying work to sing and hear...the vocal writing is beautifully supple and idiomatic throughout the piece." (Jane Manning in New Vocal Repertory [pub: OUP])

"...The poetic text of Blake is translated into wide, freely swaying melodic lines." (Neue Musikzeitung)

 

LUCHNOS

"...short but powerful..." (musicalcriticism.com)


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