John McCabe: Farewell Recital
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John McCabe: Farewell Recital

Presteigne Festival, August 2010

Catalogue Number: TOCC0139
EAN: 5060113441393
Release Date: 19 September 2011
Duration: 71:09

Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor, D784
Howard: Sky and Water
Casken: The Haunting Bough
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
McCabe: Tenebrae
Bridge: ‘Heart’s Ease’

John McCabe, piano

On 29 August 2010, at the Presteigne Festival on the Welsh borders, John McCabe gave his last public piano recital, bringing to an end a career as solo pianist that had lasted half a century. McCabe – born in Liverpool in 1939 and a composer-pianist in the tradition of Beethoven and Rachmaninov – has always championed the music of his contemporaries alongside his own and that of the masters of the past, and this farewell recital included two works by friends and colleagues and his own grandiose Tenebrae.

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Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
1-3 Piano Sonata in A minor, D784 (1823)

Franz Schubert, composer
John McCabe, piano
1 I. Allegro giusto 14:30 play
2 II. Andante 4:28 play
3 III. Allegro vivace 5:21 play
4 Sky and Water (2005)

Emily Howard, composer
John McCabe, piano

(first recording)
6:30 play
5 The Haunting Bough (1999)

John Casken, composer
John McCabe, piano

(first recording)
4:51 play
6-13 Valses nobles et sentimentales (pub. 1911)

Maurice Ravel, composer
John McCabe, piano
6 Modéré 1:25 play
7 Assez lent 1:53 play
8 Modéré 1:27 play
9 Assez animé 1:15 play
10 Presque lent 1:05 play
11 Vif 0:48 play
12 Moins vif 2:42 play
13 Epilogue (Lent) 3:35 play
14 Tenebrae (1992-93)

John McCabe, composer, piano
(first recording by the composer)
14 Andante tranquillo – Lento 19:27 play
15 ‘Heart’s Ease’ (Three Lyrics, No. 1) (1921)

Frank Bridge, composer
John McCabe, piano
1:52 play


Frank Bridge

Frank Bridge, composer

John Casken

John Casken, composer

Emily Howard

Emily Howard, composer
[credit: Matthew Seed]

John McCabe

John McCabe, composer, piano
[credit: Peter Thompson]

Portrait de Maurice Ravel, 1912

Maurice Ravel, composer

1875 oil painting by Wilhelm August Rieder, after his own 1825 watercolor portrait

Franz Schubert, composer
[credit: Wilhelm August Rieder]


1 comment – add a comment

John McCabe gave (as a gift) a piano recital at Malvern Concert Club on 30 September 2010, a month later than the 'farewell' concert at Presteigne.

Peter Thomas website 11 March 2014