Review of recording by International Record Review
All these performances meet the often considerable challenges of their respective
pieces head on. Rupert Marshall-Luck proves as adept in an overtly contemporary idiom
as in those of the early twentieth century with which he is mostly associated, while
the contributions of Sophie Harris and Matthew Rickard lack nothing in commitment
or insight. [Pickard’s] music has a substance and durability which make it, and the
present disc, required listening.
Review of recording by Fanfare Magazine
The Piano Trio is a remarkable piece that particularly spotlights the cello (the
lead being Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, apparently). Sophie Harris is the intrepid
cellist whose expressive lines and warm tone inform the entire reading. ... Marshall-Luck
plays [Chaconne] with intense concentration. The result is magical. ... Marshall-Luck
and Rickard give an impassioned account [of the Violin Sonata]. The virtuosic central
Presto possibile is a remarkable ride, contrasting in the strongest possible way
with the lonely soliloquy of the opening of the finale (a profound eight-minute Adagio).
Finally, the 2010 piece Snowbound for bass clarinet, cello, and piano. [An] evocation
of a particularly snowy winter in Britain. The explosive beginning is surprisingly
violent and speaks of a darkness that seems to refer to the opening of Mahler’s final
part of Das Lied von der Erde. Although not all is bleak; the music later sparkles.
Pickard’s sense of sonority enchants the ear, while one remains aware that one is
in the hands of a master craftsman. The performance is very alert from all parties.
The stasis of the work’s final pages results in a haunting close to this remarkable
disc. How good it is to know there is some real talent around.