An English Recital




John McCabe piano

Vaughan Williams
The Lake in the Mountains
Hymn-Tune Prelude on ‘Song13’ by Gibbons
Suite of Six Short Pieces

Gustav Holst
Two Pieces for Piano
Two Northumbrian Folk Tunes

John Ireland

Arnold Bax
Allegretto quasi Andante

Peter Warlock
Five Folk-Song Preludes

Bank Holiday

Benjamin Britten
Night Piece (Notturno)

John Joubert
Dance Suite

The British Music Society is proud to announce the third release on its highly praised Historic label – a recital of English piano pieces played by the acclaimed pianist and composer John McCabe in performances first issued in the 1970s and re-issued here on CD for the first time, in digitally remastered sound. The recording is released in celebration of John McCabe’s 70th birthday on 21 April 2009.


“… this immensely valuable and downright enjoyable CD of performances by John McCabe… a lovely record,” BBC Music Magazine

“A marvellous collection of relatively unfamiliar works by diverse composers, most of whom wrote little music for piano. McCabe is an outstanding advocate, effortlessly capturing the spirit of these assorted gems,” BBC Music Magazine

“… a fitting testimonial to a truly great pianist,” Guy Rickards, Gramophone

“… piano playing of immense subtlety and in tegrity. The programme notes, by McCabe himself, are imbued with the same modesty and unassuming brilliance that marks the whole programme,” Nicholas Salwey, International Record Review

“… John McCabe’s intuitive yet thoughtful and persuasive pianism serves all the composers admirably, and his incisive and informative booklet notes round off a delightful release,” Richard Leigh Harris, International Piano