Sacconi Quartet, David Pyatt, John McCabe, Roderick Williams
John McCabe (1939-2015) was a prolific composer and pianist, bequeathing in
all an impressive seven symphonies and seven string quartets, as well as numerous
concertos and several major ballets. McCabe was appointed CBE by the Queen in
1985 for his services to British music.
Three highly expressive chamber works make up this album. The piano quintet The Woman By the Sea draws inspiration from a the Kenji Mizoguchi film Sansho Dayu (1954). It was recorded in 2009 and features John McCabe on piano, with the Sacconi Quartet. Silver Nocturnes for baritone and string quartet, sets poetry by three of the so-called ‘Silver Poets’ of the sixteenth century: Henry Howard (Earl of Surrey), Sir Edward Dyer, and Sir Philip Sidney. There is a mournful, almost austere tone established through the Britten-esque vocals, here sung by Roderick Williams.
McCabe described the french horn as "one of the most evocative and beautiful
of all instruments". His Horn Quintet was written especially for the artists
on this recording: David Pyatt and the Sacconi Quartet.
|Release Period||November 2017|