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Alpha & Omega: Choral Music of James Macmillan / Cappella Nova; Madeleine Mitchell, violin

Album Summary

>MacMillan, James : Missa Dunelmi, for chorus & organ
>MacMillan, James : St Patrick's Magnificat, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : ...fiat mihi..., for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Cum vidisset Jesus ("When Jesus had seen his Mother"), for chorus
>MacMillan, James : I Am Your Mother, for chorus
>MacMillan, James : Invocation, for chorus & organ
>MacMillan, James : Domine non secundum peccata nostra, for chorus & violin
>MacMillan, James : Alpha and Omega, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

After its 'undeniably beautiful' (The Financial Times) Linn debut and its 'excellently performed' (Fanfare) follow up, Cappella Nova releases a third volume of choral works by the leading contemporary composer, James MacMillan. Of the eight works performed here, six receive their premiere recording (only 'Missa Dunelmi' and 'Invocation' have been previously recorded). Cappella Nova has enjoyed a 25 year association with MacMillan; the choir has established an intuitive response to his work and a passion for his creativity that is evident on Alpha & Omega. 'Missa Dunelmi' is conducted by the composer; founding director Alan Tavener lends his enthusiasm and expertise for the remaining works. James MacMillan provides illuminating and fascinating insights into his work in a conversation with Rebecca Tavener included in the booklet note.

The Observer, 15th December 2013
The group specialise in commissioning new works as well as performing early music. They bring control and precision to the ecstatic, incantatory nature of MacMillan's work in these eight works.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2014
Rich in premiere recordings and with the additional curiosity of a composer-conducted Missa Dunelmi, this is an essential disc on content alone...Cappella Nova have a particularly white, straight sound...which shows off the bone-structure of these exquisite motets, poised somewhere between beauty and anguished intensity.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
Cappella Nova make James MacMillan's Missa Dunelmi sound much easier to sing than it is, and that's a compliment...Perhaps it helps having MacMillan himself directing: it's interesting his default dynamic in the piece is restrained and quietly spoken, enhancing the devotional atmosphere...A marvellous set of performances.

MusicWeb International, 28th January 2014
The music is stimulating and compelling and the performances are first rate. I should imagine James MacMillan is delighted with the committed advocacy of his music by Cappella Nova: once again they have done him proud.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/27/2012-11/29/2012).



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Works Details

>MacMillan, James : Missa Dunelmi, for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: James MacMillan
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/27/2012-11/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>MacMillan, James : St Patrick's Magnificat, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/27/2012-11/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>MacMillan, James : ...fiat mihi..., for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/27/2012-11/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>MacMillan, James : Cum vidisset Jesus ("When Jesus had seen his Mother"), for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/27/2012-11/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>MacMillan, James : I Am Your Mother, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/27/2012-11/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>MacMillan, James : Invocation, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/27/2012-11/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>MacMillan, James : Domine non secundum peccata nostra, for chorus & violin
  • Performer: Madeleine Mitchell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/27/2012-11/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>MacMillan, James : Alpha and Omega, for chorus
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Ensemble: Cappella Nova
  • Notes: Church of the Holy Rude, Stirling UK (11/27/2012-11/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011