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John McCabe: Composer, Pianist & Conductor: Symphony No. 1, "Elegy", Liszt Fantasy, Studies, Tuning

John McCabe, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Snashall, National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

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Symphony No. 1, "Elegy"  
1.1
I. Prelude: Lento moderato
John McCabe; London Philharmonic Orchestra; John Snashall
6:05
1.2
II. Dance: Allegro molto
John McCabe; London Philharmonic Orchestra; John Snashall
3:54
1.3
III. Elegy: Adagio - Allegro vivo - Adagio
John McCabe; London Philharmonic Orchestra; John Snashall
9:36
1.4
Fantasy on a Theme of Liszt
John McCabe; John McCabe
11:36
1.5
Piano Study No. 1, "Capriccio"
John McCabe; John McCabe
6:39
1.6
Piano Study No. 2, "Sostenuto"
John McCabe; John McCabe
6:58
1.7
Tuning
John McCabe; National Youth Orchestra of Scotland; John McCabe
17:33
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    62:21
This collection brings together several significant recordings of John McCabe's music, none of which has been released previously. This is also the only recording McCabe ever made as conductor, leading the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland on his composition Tuning. Scored for very large orchestra, the piece develops layers of texture and sonority of overwhelming richness. Also appearing here is the London Philharmonic Orchestra led by John Snashall performing McCabe's First Symphony in its only recording to date; a work of striking emotional directness and explosive energy. McCabe rounds out the programme himself playing some of his solo piano pieces.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at Barking Assembly Hall, Essex, England, on 3rd and 4th May, 1967 (tracks 1-3);
in 1977 (tracks 4-6); and in concert at Glasgow City Hall, Scotland, on 4th January, 1986 (track 7)

Compilation producer: Martin Cotton
Compilation restoration engineer and editor: Morgan Roberts (The Classical Recording Company)
Executive producer: Harry Mudd (track 7)
Producers: John Snashall (tracks 1-3); John and Monica McCabe (tracks 4-6); William Webb (track 7) Engineers: Robert Auger (tracks 1-6); Harry Mudd (track 7)
Publisher: Novello & Co. Ltd.
Booklet notes: Robert Matthew-Walker and John McCabe
Cover photograph by Gareth Arnold

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