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From the same prolific year (1970) comes the Concertante Variations on a theme of Nicholas Maw, which has a very similar balance of six movements, and visits the same regions of cool composure and Mendelssohnian brightness [listen -- track 10, 0:59-1:48]. The much more recent Six-minute Symphony, written in 1997 to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the Guildhall Strings, has an air of the North Americas about its succinct frame, agitation that precipitates into passion [listen -- track 13, 2:17-3:09].

There is also a performance of the rather mysterious Sonata on a Motet of 1976, a work that searches through the great Spem in Alium by Tallis, as if trying to find a lost idea and finding other luxurious things on the way. Another highly recommended recording for all who value the work of real contemporary musicians.

Copyright © 28 January 2004 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK

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Tenebrae - works for piano by John McCabe

MSV CD92071 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 72'06" 2003 Metier Sound and Vision Ltd

Tamami Honma, piano

John McCabe (born 1939): Variations (1963); Intermezzi (1968); Sostenuto (Study No 2) (1969); Capriccio (Study No 1) (1969); Aubade (Study No 4) (1970); Tenebrae (1992/3); Scrunch (Study No 8 - Omaggio a Domenico Scarlatti) (2000/01); Evening Harmonies (Study No 7 - Hommage à Dukas) (2001)

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John McCabe: Piano Concerto No 2 etc - Honma - Katkus

CDLX 7133 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 64'18" 2003 Dutton Laboratories

Tamami Honma, piano; St Christopher Chamber Orchestra; Donatas Katkus, conductor

John McCabe (born 1939): Piano Concerto No 2 (Sinfonia Concertante) (1970); Concertante Variations on a Theme of Nicholas Maw (1970); Six-minute Symphony (1997); Sonata on a Motet (1976)

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JOHN McCABE TELLS THE STORY OF THE LITHUANIAN RECORDING

JOHN McCABE

TAMAMI HONMA PLAYS McCABE AT ST JOHN'S SMITH SQUARE

TAMAMI HONMA'S WIGMORE HALL SOLO RECITAL DÉBUT

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