David Pickett has been involved in audio recording since his teenage years. At that time, and since, he built his own audio equipment — often to his own design — including loudspeakers, amplifiers, and an analog tape recorder. He been active in professional audio since 1969, when he joined EMI's Abbey Road Studios as a recording engineer and was engaged in recording music of all sorts. Since leaving there in 1979, he has concentrated on producing recordings of classical music.

Research on Recording

Click here to open a page on David Pickett's Surround Sound experiments and other essays on research topics related to audio.

EMI Recordings

Pilgrim's Progress recording session
Listening to takes at an EMI recording session for Vaughan Williams' Pilgrim's Progress in Kingsway Hall, December 1970.

L to R, foreground: Ursula Vaughan Williams, John Noble, John Aldis, Sheila Armstrong; background: Christopher Bishop, Sir Adrian Boult, Ian Partridge, Gloria Jennings, Christopher Parker, David Pickett. (Photo credit: Godfrey McDominic/EMI)

During his 10 years at Abbey Road, Pickett worked in England and Italy with EMI house producers and engineers, including

Christopher Bishop
Neville Boyling
Robert (Bob) Gooch
Anthony Griffith
Suvi Raj Grubb
Ronald Kinloch-Anderson
Walter Legge
George Martin
John Mordler
Mickie Most
David Mottley
Norman Newell
Christopher Parker
Walter Ridley

and with

George Korngold (RCA)
Bill Leader (Leader Records)
John McClure (CBS)
Paul Myers (CBS)
Alan Warner (United Artists)
Michael Williamson (London and Westminster Records)

Musicians with whom he worked included

Dame Janet Baker (Beethoven: Mass in C)
Sir John Barbirolli (Vaughan Williams and Sibelius Symphonies)
Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline Du Pré, Pinchas Zukerman (Beethoven: Piano Trios)
Leonard Bernstein (Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps, Symphony of Psalms)
Pierre Boulez (Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande)
Sir Adrian Boult (Vaughan Williams: A Pilgrim's Progress, Brahms: Symphonies)
Montserrat Caballé (Bellini: Il Pirata, etc)
Placido Domingo (Puccini: Manon Lescaut, etc.)
Carlo Maria Giulini (Verdi: Don Carlos, Beethoven: Mass in C)
Otto Klemperer (Bruckner: Symphonies 8 & 9, Wagner: Die Walküre)
Leopold Stokowski (Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade)
Sir David Willcocks (Handel: Messiah, Carols from King's)

Pickett was also responsible for audio restorations, and compilations, including:

Wilhelm Furtwängler: Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (1953 RAI Ring Cycle)
Maria Callas: La Scala recordings
Sir Thomas Beecham: Puccini: La Bohème (stereo)
The Beatles: "1962/1966" (Red Album) & "1967/1970" (Blue Album)
The Golden Age of Hollywood: a series of albums of film music and dialog
  (Warner Bros/United Artists)
Laurel & Hardy film soundtracks (UA)
Extracts from the Bing Crosby Radio Shows (UA)


In 1979, Pickett was appointed to succeed John Borwick as Lecturer in Recording Techniques at the University of Surrey and was responsible there for all the Tonmeister degrees. From 1983 to 1999 he was Director of Recording Arts at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana. At Indiana University he established and developed two degree programmes in sound recording, remaining at the same time active as a producer of recordings. Click here to know more about David Pickett's teaching activities.

Non-EMI Recordings

2016 Bösendorfer Klavierwettbewerb 2015
Finalisten und andere Teilnehmer
Wiener KammerOrchester/Stefan Vlader

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2014 Peter Roper-Curzon:
The Goulandris Requiem
Live Recording of the Première at
St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London

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2011 Trumpet Panoply
Aratunian, Hummel, Peaslee & Tartini

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Crystal CD769
John Holt, trumpet

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2010 Louis Couperin & Johann Froberger
Organ Music

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AC 2010
Davitt Moroney, organ

Listen to an extract
2009 The First Carnegie Hall
Euphonium Recital

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Crystal CD393
Brian Bowman, euphonium
Steven Harlos, piano

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2008 Orchestra Plus
A sampler of music
with orchestra at
the University of
North Texas, 2007/8

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Various UNT ensembles and soloists

Listen to an extract
An die Freude Lynn Eustis, soprano
Linda di Fiore, mezzo-soprano
David Sundquist, tenor
Jeffrey Snider, bass
UNT Singers, cond. Jerry McCoy
Elvia Puccinelli, fortepiano

2007 Armonia Stravagante
Music at the Este Court
in Ferrara 1580–1600

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UNT Baroque Ensemble
directed by Lyle Nordstrom

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2006 Christmas Vespers
in Cusco

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UNT Collegium Singers and Instrumentalists
directed by Lyle Nordstrom
with Ensemble Lipzodes and Paula Fagerberg

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2005 Music from the Vienna Mahler Symposium

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A CD to accompany the published proceedings of the April 2005 Mahler Symposium, published by the International Gustav Mahler Society and the University of Vienna

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2004 Mahleriana: Zur Werden einer Ikone 2 CDs to accompany the catalog of the exhibition Mahler: zur Werden einer Ikone, published by the International Gustav Mahler Society and the Jewish Museum, Vienna

2002 Beethoven:
    Sonata in F op. 17
    Romanze op. 50
    Fantasiestücke op. 73
    Drei Romanzen op. 94
Brahms: Sechs Lieder

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Kim Walker, bassoon
Leonard Hokanson, piano

2000 The Music of Frederick Fox, Vol. 2

Indiana University New Music Ensemble
The Music of Don Freund

Indiana University New Music Ensemble
1999 A New Beginning

CDH 59696 00612

Caroline Dowd, soprano
Alfred Prinz, piano
Music of Fauré, Prinz, Strauss, Barber, Puccini, Dvorak, Cilea,Verdi and Weber

Weber: Music for Clarinet
EMI 7471-81271-2
James Campbell, clarinet
Leonard Hokanson, piano

Chamber Music of
Bernhard Heiden
Clarinet Quintet
Piano Sonata (4 hands)
Variations for Recorder
Solo for Saxophone

Cadenza CAD 800920

Bruce Bransby, bass
James Campbell, clarinet
Nicholas Daniel, oboe
Cordula Hacke, piano
Leonard Hokanson, piano
Eva Legêne, recorder
Eugene Rousseau, saxophone
Thomas Robertello, flute
Kim Walker, bassoon
Carol Wincenc, flute

Bridges to Bloomington
Music of Prinz, Heiden,
Uhl and Weill
Crystal CD736

Trio Indiana: James Campbell,
Eli Eban, Howard Klug;
Mitchell Lurie, Alfred Prinz & Min-Ho Yeh, clarinets
1998 New Music from Indiana University, Vol. 2

Indiana University New Music Ensemble

1996 Music of Defaye, Kulesha, Schickele, Kibbe and Fox
Crystal CD734

Trio Indiana: James Campbell,
Eli Eban & Howard Klug, clarinets
Elysium GRK710 *
Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41
Overture, Leonore No. 3
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, cond. Peter Tiboris

Mahler: Symphony No. 3
IU Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs
cond. Arpad Joo

1995 New Music from Indiana University Vol. 1

Indiana University New Music Ensemble

Elysium GRK702 *
Symphony No.3
Overture, Coriolan
Overture, Leonore No. 2
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, cond. Peter Tiboris

1994 Beethoven/Mahler
Elysium GRK712 *
Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Peter Tiboris

1993 The Music of
Juan Orrego Salas

Indiana University ensembles
The Music of
Frederick Fox

Indiana University ensembles
The Music of
John Eaton

various artists
Glenn Gass
String Trio, Piano Quartet

Scott Chamber Players

Symphony No.9 in C
Overture, zur Weihe des Hauses
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Peter Tiboris

1992 Claude Baker
Omaggi e Fantasie,
Vier Nachtszenen
Gasparo GSCD286

Michael Cameron, bass
David Liptak, piano
Ruth Inglefield, harp

1991 Trombones under the Tree Summit DCD146 M Dee Stewart, Joseph Alessi, Carl Lenthe, Mark H Lawrence, trombones

1990 Roger Reynolds
Transfigured Wind IV
Neuma 45074

Harvey Sollberger, flute
The Music of Paris
in the 1920s and 30s
Gothic G49037

Marilyn Keiser, organ
1988 Karl Weigl
Gian-Francesco Malipiero
Joaquin Turina

String Quartet No.1 in C minor, op. 20
Quartet for Strings no 1: "Rispetti e strambotti"
La oración del torero, op. 34
The Christopher Quartet

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