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James MacMillan: Who Are These Angels? / Tavener, Cappella Nova

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>MacMillan, James : And lo, the Angel of the Lord, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Qui meditabitur, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : O Radiant Dawn, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Lux aeterna, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Os mutorum, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Bring us, O Lord, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Canticle of Zachariah, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Benedictus Deus, motet for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Advent Antiphon, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Pascha nostrum immolatus est, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Who are these Angels?, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Think of how God loves you, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Benedicimus Deum caeli, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Mass of the Blessed, for chorus & organ
>MacMillan, James : Tota pulchra es, for chorus & organ

Album Summary

>MacMillan, James : And lo, the Angel of the Lord, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Qui meditabitur, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : O Radiant Dawn, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Lux aeterna, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Os mutorum, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Bring us, O Lord, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Canticle of Zachariah, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Benedictus Deus, motet for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Advent Antiphon, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Pascha nostrum immolatus est, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Who are these Angels?, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Think of how God loves you, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Benedicimus Deum caeli, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Mass of the Blessed, for chorus & organ
>MacMillan, James : Tota pulchra es, for chorus & organ
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"These are performances of rare power and intensity." International Record Review "MacMillan is one of the most prolific and sought-after composers working today." American Choral Journal "...extraordinary discipline, precision, and passion..." AllMusic.com Ensemble Cappella Nova continue from their "undeniably beautiful" (The Financial Times) Linn debut, 'James MacMillan - Tenebrae', with their second volume of choral works by the leading contemporary composer. Cappella Nova is "famous for its performances of contemporary music" (The Guardian), having commissioned and premiered more than 60 new works since 1986. The outstanding Scottish group has a unique relationship with James MacMillan, the composer having written several works for them. All of the tracks featured on this release are premiere recordings, recorded under the supervision of the composer. Included is the last of the Strathclyde Motets - seven having been included on 'Tenebrae'. Also included is the mass James MacMillan wrote specifically for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Scotland in September 2010, sung by over 150,000 people.

"The small-scale choral genre often elicits some of Scots composer James MacMillan's most inspired and appealing works. This collection by the ensemble Cappella Nova, led by Alan Tavener and joined by the women's quartet Canty, the Edinburgh Quartet, medieval harpist William Taylor, and organist John Kitchen features pieces (except for one early work) written between 2007 and 2010... The Kyrie, the most striking movement, quotes the motive from Tristan und Isolde associated with Tristan's suffering with startling audacity. It's musically effective, but it might be a jarring association for anyone familiar with its source. Cappella Nova sings with precision and with sweet, pure tone. The ambiance varies some between tracks (depending on whether or not the organ is involved), but the sound is always clear and warmly present." -All Music Guide

Classic FM Magazine
The group's engagement with the music registers throughout this important release, touching everything from the technical challenges of the second series of Strathclyde motets to the comparably demanding simplicity of MacMillan's papal Mass... The breadth of the composer's ideas and his myriad expressive contrasts, reinforced by superb singing and instrumental contributions and gold-standard recorded sound, hold the ear and invite repeated listening.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010).



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Works Details

>MacMillan, James : And lo, the Angel of the Lord, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Qui meditabitur, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : O Radiant Dawn, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Lux aeterna, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Os mutorum, for chorus
  • Performer: William Taylor (Harp)
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Canty
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Bring us, O Lord, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Canticle of Zachariah, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Benedictus Deus, motet for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>MacMillan, James : Advent Antiphon, for chorus
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Organ)
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>MacMillan, James : Pascha nostrum immolatus est, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Who are these Angels?, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Think of how God loves you, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Benedicimus Deum caeli, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>MacMillan, James : Mass of the Blessed, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Organ)
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>MacMillan, James : Tota pulchra es, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: John Kitchen (Organ)
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/02/2010-11/04/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary