Premiere Recordings on Two New McCabe CDs
3rd December 2014
The other disc is a fascinating compendium on Naxos (part of their British Music Society series) John McCabe: Composer, Pianist, Conductor. The recordings are taken from three stages of McCabe’s career, the first being his Symphony No 1 Elegy, written in 1965 and recorded in 1967 by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. There follows three works for solo piano (Fantasy on a theme of Liszt; Capriccio; and Sostenuto) performed by McCabe himself. Finally the orchestral work, written for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, entitled Tuning, which is the only recorded example of McCabe as a conductor. It is taken from a live performance at Glasgow City Hall, Scotland, in January 1986. All the recordings have been specially re-mastered for this reissue.