Chamber music by
Epoch CDLX 7125
A dramatic Maestoso opening to the Concerto for Piano and Wind Quintet
[listen -- track 1, 0:04-1:08] heralds the start
of a fascinating new CD of late twentieth century chamber music by
John McCabe. The concerto spotlights each of the instruments, and the movements
are all linked together -- a McCabe hallmark.
Musica Notturna depicts the changing moods of a large city
at night, with the rich
textures of the work's soft opening (returning also at the end) suggesting
perhaps a Mediterranean city.
The much-performed Fauvel's Rondeaux is a spin-off from
the ballet Edward II (1994-5), and a study in changing character
[listen -- track 7, 9:56-11:00] as the corrupting
effects of lust and power take hold on Edward's assassins.
Postcards, an expanded reworking of Bagatelles for Two
Clarinets (1965) is a set of eight short miniatures for wind quintet,
postcards 'sent' not from places, but from various musical genres.
During a long and distinguished career -- he was active as both composer and
pianist in the early 1960s and is currently touring Lithuania in the same
capacity, having visited
Belgium, Japan and the USA in 2002), British musician
John McCabe (born 1939) has resisted attempts to be pigeon-holed
by the musical world -- for example as an academic, a brass band composer
or a ballet composer -- all fields in which he has excelled but doesn't
wish to be typecast. This new disc, featuring
crisp, lively and sympathetic playing by the Fibonacci Sequence,
will surely help this versatile musician to keep all his options open!
Copyright © 3 May 2003
Keith Bramich, Worcestershire, UK
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McCabe Chamber Works - The Fibonacci Sequence
CDLX 7125 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 67'31" 2003 Dutton Laboratories
The Fibonacci Sequence
John McCabe: Concerto for Piano & Wind Quintet (1969); Musica Notturna for Violin, Viola and Piano (1964); Fauvel's Rondeaux for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1995-6); Postcards for Wind Quintet (1991)
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