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McCabe: Piano Music

Mccabe,John
Release Date: 08/14/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8571367   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John McCabe
Performer:  John McCabe
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John McCabe was a composer-pianist who excelled internationally in both fields. For his own instrument he wrote a distinguished series of works in which variation form is a recurrent feature. Seventeen years separate the Variations, Op. 22, described by John Ogdon as standing “closer to Rachmaninov’s use of variation technique than to Brahms’s”, and the masterly, unorthodox and original Haydn Variations, McCabe’s longest solo piano work. The evocative Bagatelles and Studies are notable for their unceasing exploration of pianistic and compositional techniques.

Reviews:

These last, amenable demonstrations of the 12-tone technique have a positively Webernian compression, each little movement memorably etched. The
Read more plain-titled Variations is an admirably sinewy, energetic essay, distilling the influence of Messiaen.

– Sunday Times (UK)

John McCabe was a musician of steely, graceful intellect. As both pianist and composer he could distill huge ideas into finely-sculpted gestures...What’s wonderful about listening to McCabe play his own music is trying to work out where composer ended and pianist began, then realizing it was all one and the same.

– Guardian (UK)

This British composer-pianist was both admired and promoted by John Ogdon, and here we see why: his music was intriguing, intricately-woven and, though, largely atonal, easy on the ear.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations, for piano by John McCabe
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1963 
Venue:  Bishopsgate Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Study No. 4 (Aubade), for piano by John McCabe
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  Bishopsgate Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Study No. 3 (Gaudí), for piano by John McCabe
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1970 
Venue:  Bishopsgate Hall, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Bagatelles (5), for piano by John McCabe
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1964 
Venue:  Bishopsgate Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Study No. 6 (Mosaic), for piano by John McCabe
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1980 
Venue:  Bishopsgate Hall, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Haydn Variations, for piano by John McCabe
Performer:  John McCabe (Piano)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1983 
Venue:  Bishopsgate Hall, London 
Length: 27 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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