Pritchard’s music has a restless, pulsating energy that ebbs and flows
within a precise framework. ... purposeful craft, which guides the ear with
intention and sophistication.
... constructed with great precision.
...full of virtuosic and precise details." (Tempo)
outstanding composer and conductor...
The whole evening…the exceptional compositions by Gwyn Pritchard…was an
amazing experience" (Glissando
FIRMAMENT OF TIME
even ceaseless transformation…the correlation of incidental detail
within the overall picture was finely
controlled…expressive immediacy" (classicalsource.com)
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."
"A firm sense of direction...vividly imagined and realised."
"...one of his
finest works" (Tempo)
piece of many layers, shades, contrasts and transformations, as
unpredictable as quicksilver, and just as captivating in its elusive manner"
"Austere, delicate patterns..."
"Sparkling fragments of dialogue tossed about in explosive
flashes...constantly changing mood (The Times)
ENSEMBLE MUSIC FOR SIX
energy and stark contrasts" (Tempo)
".. 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)
"..ranged from deeply lyrical solos to frenzied 'Pierrot Lunaire' atmospheres, encapsulating in music
one could associate with nocturnal adventure. Most definitely the highlight...successfully captivated the
"..an accomplished work"
"..discipline and formal simplicity
expressive, like neo-classical Stravinsky." (The Times)
moves between expressive solos, collective delirium, bucolic poetry and
the grotesque... a very diverse and lively piece... music which reflects
an affable social evening, at which three capricious characters engage in
either soloistic or collective singing, in animated discussion or turbulent
dispute with one another.
NEBULAE AND EPISODES
"...as the music breathed gently...it found an elusive dialogue..."
"..made a strong case for further airings."
of the restless energy... rhythmic and almost anxious in its interplay between
the parts..." (Tempo)
very naturally throughout...juxtaposed Pritchard’s signature virtuosic
angularity with moments of cold beauty and mystery. ... sparse and
composed, mature piece, of profound sounds..." (Glissando - Poland)
"..a taught and well pointed structure, and sonorities that were never arbitrary
or redundant." (The Guardian)
expressive range, between a mysterious nocturnal mood and expressive melody; a
delicate and highly energetic interplay".
melancholic work." (Bunder Tagblatt, Chur, Switzerland)
A highlight of the programme... sparse and austere, filled with
moments that chilled like icy drops of rain on snow. ... filled with
consistent urgency and unsettled searching. ... spacious and architectural
in its construction." (Tempo)
DOUBLE BASS AND HARP
crafted... a vivid image of sound" (Neue
double bass sounds delicate and ethereal" (Ruch Muzyczny - Poland)
"..highly entertaining, brilliantly written,
captivating virtuosity." (Dreh Punkt Kultur - Salzburg)
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
(PAN, journal of the British Flute Society)
piece... (Glissando - Poland)
PIECES FOR PIANO"
imaginative, modern and very playable." (PIANOnews,
"A substantial piece, palpably honest in its music-making and most effectively
written for the instrument...an ambitious piece..." (Tempo)
"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)
core idea is formed very aptly, but lets you feel free to respond."
"...an atmospheric work
... a steady ripple of rich notes unfolding from even stillness." (Tempo)
gesturally rich and technically demanding solo piece with brilliant passagework...lively
rhythms. The professional cellist reveals himself in the idiomatic instrumental
atonal, striving, reflective..." (Independent)
"...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])
text of Blake
is translated into wide, freely
swaying melodic lines."
MI STAI CHIAMANDO
highly elaborate craftsmanship, in an atonal style. Predominantly melismatic and strongly
vocal line... The instrumental accompaniment, varied and coloured by different
playing techniques, adds to the rhapsodic discourse...The poem ...is transformed
into expressive, ornately florid music, almost "baroque", in the
literal sense of a strangely shaped pearl. (Neue
"...short but powerful..."