During 2001 and 2002, various recordings of music by John McCabe were released, to critical acclaim. The recordings are :
"Cast in four interlinked movements and scored for small orchestra, it's a marvellously invigorating, always purposeful creation, full of the most engaging interplay between the soloist and her orchestral colleagues ... Janet Hilton plays with a characterful skill and unstinting dedication throughout; Rumon Gamba and the BBC Scottish SO provide ideal support."
Andrew Achenbach (Gramophone, January 2002)
"The music of John McCabe (himself a long-time champion and biographer of Rawsthorne) makes an ideal coupling ... Maze Dances ... is in effect a kind of modern day manifestation of the Zigeuner-style - an intense narrative fantasy, brilliantly performed here by Skærved, that grips the listener from first note to last."
Michael Stewart (Gramophone, January 2002)
"[Rawsthorne's Violin Sonata is] a work which John McCabe admires for its economy of means and wealth of detail, and those phrases could well describe his own music ... [Maze Dances has] an underlying tightness of construction in the way that a small amount of musical material is mined and varied to create a 16-minute span. That skill is even more evident in Star Preludes, a tougher piece, but one which inspires terrific virtuosity from the performers."
Martin Cotton (BBC Music Magazine, October 2001)
Concerto for Orchestra
"... it is one of McCabe's most important scores ... The quiet, but still fast-pulsing, ending is magical ... this new CD is outstandingly well conducted and brilliantly played throughout. The recordings are excellent. This important CD deserves every success."
Robert Matthew-Walker (International Record Review, May 2002)