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The ‘Fish Magic’ relates to a painting by the German painter Paul Klee, and surrealism is also a label that one can apply to the music of John McCabe, particularly the earlier works. The more familiar organ pieces were all written in the early 1960s, but McCabe turned again to the organ in his latter years for the Carol-Preludes of 2008 and Esperanza, composed for the 2010 St Albans International Organ Festival. Given McCabe’s stature as a composer (and pianist) over a long career, I was surprised to read that only one of the works on this disc had been recorded before. Tom Winpenny is therefore to be congratulated for producing such a definitive testament to McCabe’s work, recorded just before the composer’s death in 2015.

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