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“A gripping score. This exciting recording of such a rich creation brings the atmosphere of the stage leaping out of the speakers”
“Commissioned by the Stuttgart Ballet, choreographed by David Bintley, Edward II is McCabe's third ballet score, and draws its story-line from Christopher Marlowe's eponymous drama and the medieval courtly satire, Le roman de Fauvel. Quite apart from the meaty intrigue, complex character relationships and psychological pathos of the plot, McCabe's music communicates with a captivating expressive fervour. It isn't just the superbly judged orchestration (colourful extras include triple woodwind and electric guitar) and wealth of memorable invention that impress. Above all, it's his ability to forge his tightly knit material into a dramatically convincing and organically coherent whole that marks him out as a composer of exceptional gifts. No praise can be too high for Barry Wordsworth's fluent, pungently theatrical direction, not to mention the unstinting application of the excellent Royal Ballet Sinfonia. The excitingly truthful sound allies razor-sharp focus to a most pleasing bloom, too.”