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John McCabe Les martinets noirs; Caravan; Rainforest I & II / Angela Whelan, trumpet; John McCabe, piano

Album Summary

>McCabe, John : Les martinets noirs, concerto for 2 violins & orchestra
>McCabe, John : Rainforest no 2, for trumpet & orchestra
>McCabe, John : Rainforest no 1, for chamber ensemble
>McCabe, John : Caravan, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this collection of world première recordings, composer John McCabe's musical connections with the natural world stretch from high summer in England, via the deserts of Arabia, to the sub-tropical rainforests of Australia. Les martinets noirs is the French name for swifts - a bird similar to the barn swallow. McCabe describes them as "acrobatic Pucks of the air," adding that one of his annual delights in summer is to watch them swooping around the treetops and chimneys. The violin duo Retorica excel as the acrobatic swifts, while trumpet soloist Angela Whelan personifies the spirit of the rainforest in Rainforest II. In Rainforest I, members of the Orchestra Nova are joined by John McCabe on piano in a large-scale work redolent of the sights and sounds of the rainforests of Queensland. The recording is rounded off with Caravan, a short work for string orchestra inspired by the sight of a caravan approaching in the Arabian desert.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
These are well wrought pieces very much deserving of your attention, particularly if you are a fan of recent British music. Notes by the composer.

Gramophone Magazine, February 2013
McCabe's many admirers will welcome this release especially for providing - astonishingly - the premiere recordings of the first two of his Rain forest series...Angela Whelan is a commanding and nimble-lipped soloist...Dutton's superb recording does the music full justice, as do the performances, ably directed by one of McCabe's staunchest champions of recent years.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (02/22/2012-02/23/2012).



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Works Details

>McCabe, John : Les martinets noirs, concerto for 2 violins & orchestra
  • Conductor: George Vass
  • Ensemble: Retorica
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (02/22/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>McCabe, John : Rainforest no 2, for trumpet & orchestra
  • Performer: Angela Whelan (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: George Vass
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (02/22/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1987

>McCabe, John : Rainforest no 1, for chamber ensemble
  • Conductor: George Vass
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (02/22/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>McCabe, John : Caravan, for orchestra
  • Conductor: George Vass
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (02/22/2012-02/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987-1988