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James MacMillan (b.1959): Since It Was The Day Of Preparation / Brindley Sherrat, bass. Synergy Vocals. Hebrides Ensemble

Album Summary

>MacMillan, James : Since It Was the Day of Preparation, for bass, vocal quartet, clarinet, horn, cello, harp & theorbo
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The first disc in a new recording partnership between Hebrides Ensemble and Delphian Records presents Sir James MacMillan's extraordinary setting - by turns intimate and dramatic - of the Resurrection story as told in St John's Gospel. As at the work's premiere at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival, the Ensemble and its director William Conway (the work's dedicatee) are joined by bass Brindley Sherratt in the role of Christ, and by a quartet of singers from Synergy Vocals. A significant landmark in MacMillan's career, Since it was the day of Preparation ... now inaugurates a series of recordings set to document Hebrides Ensemble's outstanding contribution to Scottish cultural life.

MusicWeb International, June 2016

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016

MusicWeb International, June 2016
Sherratt is very fine as Christ. The music he has to sing is dignified and eloquent and Sherratt puts it across with great conviction...No less impressive are the four members of Synergy Vocals, whether singing as a consort or individually. All four voices are clear, both in terms of tone and diction; they are ideally suited to the music.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
Since it was the day of preparation is on the face of it a chamber piece, with just ten performers needed. Yet in an extraordinarily perceptive and affecting manner it broaches enduring universal issues and, in this wonderfully committed recording, already feels like a modern masterpiece.

The Arts Desk, July 2016
Macmillan's work is a musically entertaining, dramatically satisfying piece of theatre, not a dull slab of dutiful contemplation... this is as authoritative a reading as we're ever likely to hear.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2016
Here we have the latest in a stream of major works which express [MacMillan's] deeply held Catholicism, and for my money it is by far and away the most effective...The Hebrides Ensemble provide eloquent testimony to the sustained impact of MacMillan's writing.

Sunday Times, 28th August 2016
MacMillan's boldly intimate setting of the post-crucifixion narrative of St John's Gospel veers from Schütz-like austerity to lush piety. Some of the finest music comes in the instrumental interludes...Excellent performances throughout.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, RSNO Centre, Glasgow (11/28/2015-11/29/2015).


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>MacMillan, James : Since It Was the Day of Preparation, for bass, vocal quartet, clarinet, horn, cello, harp & theorbo
  • Performers: Elizabeth Kenny (Theorbo); Brindley Sherratt (Bass)
  • Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, RSNO Centre, Glasgow (11/28/2015-11/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 2010-2011