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Recordings of McCabe Compositions Well Received

During 2001 and 2002, various recordings of music by John McCabe were released, to critical acclaim. The recordings are :


Clarinet Concerto
"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)


Maze Dances/Star-Preludes
"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."
SOUND *****

Martin Cotton (BBC Music Magazine, October 2001)

Read a complete review of this disc at Music & Vision


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)


Information about 1999-2000 McCabe recordings


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