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John McCabe: Piano Music / John McCabe, piano

Album Summary

>McCabe, John : Variations, for piano
>McCabe, John : Study no 4 (Aubade), for piano
>McCabe, John : Study no 3 (Gaudí), for piano
>McCabe, John : Bagatelles (5), for piano
>McCabe, John : Study no 6 (Mosaic), for piano
>McCabe, John : Haydn Variations, for piano
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Notes & 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.

Sunday Times, 2nd August 2015
These last, amenable demonstrations of the 12-tone technique have a positively Webernian compression, each little movement memorably etched. The plain-titled Variations is an admirably sinewy, energetic essay, distilling the influence of Messiaen.

The Guardian, 13th August 2015
John McCabe was a musician of steely, graceful intellect. As both pianist and composer he could distil 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 realising it was all one and the same.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bishopsgate Hall, London (03/21/1998/03/28/1998).



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>McCabe, John : Variations, for piano
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Bishopsgate Hall, London (03/21/1998/03/28/1998)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>McCabe, John : Study no 4 (Aubade), for piano
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Bishopsgate Hall, London (03/21/1998/03/28/1998)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>McCabe, John : Study no 3 (Gaudí), for piano
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Bishopsgate Hall, London (03/21/1998/03/28/1998)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>McCabe, John : Bagatelles (5), for piano
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Bishopsgate Hall, London (03/21/1998/03/28/1998)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>McCabe, John : Study no 6 (Mosaic), for piano
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Bishopsgate Hall, London (03/21/1998/03/28/1998)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>McCabe, John : Haydn Variations, for piano
  • Performer: John McCabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Bishopsgate Hall, London (03/21/1998/03/28/1998)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983