NMC Recordings Logo TM
John McCabe: Silver Nocturnes

The Multi-Story Orchestra, Christopher Stark conductor
Sacconi Quartet ~ David Pyatt horn ~ John McCabe piano
Roderick Williams baritone

NMC D230

D230 Cover
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


01. The Woman By The Sea     18'06"

      Silver Nocturnes
02. I More are men's ends…     2'52"
03. II Set me whereas the sun     3'39"
04. III The lowest Trees have tops…     3'04"
05. IV Interlude     3'59"
06. V My true love hath my heart…     4'58"
07. VI The setting sun…     1'50"

      Horn Quintet
08. Vigoroso     4'05"
09. Slow     12'30"
10. Prestissimo     6'32"

Total duration     61'48

NMC Recordings are distributed in Australia by
Rockian Trading, P.O.Box 44, Briar Hill, Vic, 3088, Australia
Telephone (03) 9432 4149 ~ Facsimile (03) 9444 6879