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Recorded in Lithuania in May last year, another indispensable addition to the McCabe collection is this clear and bright recording of Tamami Honma's scintillating performance of the second Piano Concerto which, as could well be expected from her striking recording of his solo piano works, is a beautifully secure, strong and bright reading.

John McCabe Piano Concerto No 2 etc. St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Tamami Honma, Donatas Katkus. © 2003 Dutton Laboratories

It is a work that steers the listener effortlessly through its six linked movements the spirit of which ranges widely from lyrical wistfulness to the characteristic lightness [listen -- track 4, 0:00-1:08] that usually precedes an eruption of some dynamic variety.

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Copyright © 28 January 2004 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


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