I have gone back to my unopened/unheard cd piles to share this recording of concertos by Sean Hickey. I am hearing the opening movement of the Cello Concerto for the first time as I type; so far
so good, if not entirely original to these ears (this is just a first listen though, so initial impressions at only 4'00 into the work usually ends up meaning little). I read a few Gramophone reviews that praised this disc so of course I bought it. Interestingly this recording is on Delos yet Hickey is apparently the Vice President of Sales & Business Development at Naxos of American (nice job!!).
I am mostly unfamiliar with his output, many of you will likely know much more than I do about the composer at hand. So, once again let's give a listen together..
Here's an excerpt from a Gramophone review (too lazy to find my physical copy!):
“Sean Hickey’s two big three-movement concertos give their soloists a huge range of extended passages, riffs and cadenzas with which to stand up and out against often explosively colourful orchestral support (with frequent solo opportunities for the woodwinds and brass) … Dmitry Kouzov… dramatically showcases his virtuosic skills. … The Clarinet Concerto… features brilliant young clarinettist Alexander Fiterstein in music … inteded by Hickey as ‘a restless, yet haunting recollection of life in the US heartland’. The stunning audiophile recording, produced by Alexei Barashkin, was made at St Petersburg’s Melodiya Studios.” — Laurence Vittes, Gramophone