[Thérèse] Raquin has some superficial similarities with Emmeline, but Picker's music over five years has developed significantly. The score is of far greater sweep and complexity, bound by plainly audible leitmotivs that frequently appear in varied guises. In Raquin, Picker confidently uses set-piece arias, duets, trios, and even a septet of busy fluency that, in its "domesticity", recalls Britten's Albert Herring. His music hovers between tonality and atonality, clearly conveying emotion and emotional change.
The tenor Gordon Gietz., in the role of Camille...soars magnificently in Picker's high, elegant writing.