Mathias & Pickard:Piano Sonatas


Catalogue No: DDV 24111
EAN/UPC: 809730411120
Composers: ,
Release Date: April 2004
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 66:06
Sample: Pickard Piano Sonata - extract

This recording of works by William Mathias and John Pickard was originally issued on the Athene label and sold out, showing that modern British music is appreciated, and rightly so. These are major works of importance. The critics’ remarks quoted below include those made at the time of original issue.

Track Listing

    William Mathias:

  1. I. Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 23 – Allegro energico (6:04)
  2. II. Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 23 – Andante semplice (3:41)
  3. III. Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 23 – Vivace e ritmico (5:09)
  4. Piano Sonata no. 2, op. 46 (14:32)
  5. John Pickard:

  6. A Starlit Dome (10:45)
  7. I. Piano Sonata – Part One (14:51)
  8. II. Piano Sonata – Part Two (9:57)



“It is seriousness of purpose that informs both of his [John Pickard’s] piano pieces included in Raymond Clarke’s latest CD for Athene (ATH CD15, following the excellent programme of the complete Brian piano music last year, ATH CD12) … Clarke – the Sonata’s dedicatee – plays both magnificently, as he does the two fine sonatas […]

” —Guy Rickards

This CD is almost unthinkable without [Clarke’s] expertise and persistence; the rhythms have to be acutely etched to keep the high-strung tensions tight and rewarding.  Clarke is the man here.

” —Stephen Ellis
MusicWeb International

“Raymond Clarke’s superb performances are given a very fine recording perfectly suited to this highly idiomatic piano writing. Unreservedly recommended.”

” —Hubert Culot
BBC Music Magazine

dedication and virtuosic flair … First-rate recording: an excellent disc.

” —Calum MacDonald

“Mathias’s Tippettian sonatas, the thorny No.2 in particular, make rewarding listening. John Pickard’s A Starlit Dome is an ‘astronomical nocturne’ of real imaginative resource; his sonata, whether in the smouldering intensity of Part 1’s closing variations, or Part 2’s sustained emotional energy, is the equal of any large-scale piano work this last quarter-century. Clarke’s playing […]

” —Richard Whitehouse
Classic CD

brilliantly played by Raymond Clarke, a pianist who combines an emotional commitment to the music with a prodigious technique.  The whole disc is enthralling… music-making of the first order … Intelligent and passionate music performed with great insight.

” —Roderick Swanston
American Record Guide

Raymond Clarke plays this very demanding program with spirit and dexterity… Mathias’s music makes a strong and satisfying impression and is well worth seeking out.

” —Lehman
MusicWeb International

The playing is stunning… None of these works are easy – in fact they are all virtuosic pieces. There is no doubt that this repertoire is totally agreeable to Raymond Clarke. He plays this music with sympathy and technical aplomb. This is an important contribution to 20th century British Music.

” —John France
MusicWeb International

superb performances… a very fine recording … a revelation.  The recording is spell-binding; the performances are staggering.  Clarke is in complete control – absolutely astonishing…  Unreservedly recommended.

” —David Wright
Musical Opinion

stunning performance from Raymond Clarke… intense quality from a pianist who has that rare communicative gift to transcend the medium. Pickard’s Sonata is… a really important composition… profoundly impressive and deeply musical… Mathias’s Sonatas both exceptionally well written. The recording is excellent

” —Robert Matthew-Walker