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MacMillan: The Sacrifice

> The Sacrifice - Act II Scene 1: Again, Megan (Sian, Megan)
> The Sacrifice - Act II Scene 1: A question for you - whose is this? (Mal, Sian)
> The Sacrifice - Interlude -
> The Sacrifice - Act II Scene 2: So he's found the coat … (Evan, Sian)
> The Sacrifice - Interlude -
> The Sacrifice - Act II Scene 3: Hail the king, long live the boy king! (Guests, The Birds, Megan)
> The Sacrifice - Act II Scene 3: Thank you, Megan, a fitting gift for a nephew (Mal)
> The Sacrifice - Act II Scene 3: Come, the man who wounded me! (Mal, Guests, Evan, General)
> The Sacrifice - Act III Scene 1: Give this our son your peace eternal, O Lord (Chorus, General, Mal, Mal's Men)
> The Sacrifice - Act III Scene 1: I thought my hands were heaven-blessed (Sian, General)
> The Sacrifice - Interlude -
> The Sacrifice - Act III Scene 2: Thanks, Megan, you make a good thief (General, Megan)
> The Sacrifice - Interlude -
> The Sacrifice - Act III Scene 3: Mal! Mal! Mal! (General, Mal, Sian)
> The Sacrifice - Act III Scene 3: I cannot say I haven't dreamt a thousand times of killing him (Mal, Guests, Sian, Megan)

Album Summary

>MacMillan, James : The Sacrifice, opera in 3 acts
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

This recording of the Live Performance of 'The Sacrifice' by Welsh National Opera conducted by Anthony Negus was made in 2007. The Western Mail commented "There is no mistaking James MacMillan has a popular hit on his hands, with the cries of "bravo" as the curtain fell on the world premiere of his new opera... MacMillan also creates music of great beauty and the Act Two love duet between Sian and Evan is mesmerising as are the songs given to Megan, Sian's child-like sister sung exquisitely by Sarah Tynan... big, bold and audience pleasing". Inspired by the heightened mythical world Welsh folk tales collected in 'The Mabinogion' the Opera evokes a late-romantic idiom with a twenty first century twist.

"A Welsh National Opera Company needs a Welsh national opera based on a Welsh national epic. Here it is...The composer claims: "I love melody. I love theme." Sure enough, Macmillan is faithful to that idea, but still modern. His music is a judicious mixture of melody, atmosphere, and contemporary styles. Best of all, it works. It is intimate, subtle, openly romantic, and forceful by turns, with an exquisite orchestration of great imagination. The orchestral interludes are particularly captivating....There is clarity and spaciousness of atmosphere and excellent diction and singing all around. An English libretto is included."-ARG

The Times
MacMillan's opera of love and war offers many thrills: soaring lyric arias, choral laments, percussive clamour, folksy musings, all couched in a vivid, friendly musical language...Vigorous singing, too...with Lisa Milne and Christopher Purves standing out.

The Telegraph
The excellent live performance draws strongly articulated characterisations and fine singing from Peter Hoare, Sarah Tynan, Lisa Milne and Christopher Purves.

BBC Music Magazine
... Christopher Purves's anguished but dignified General, Lisa Milne's noble but tragically duty-bound Sian, and Sarah Tynan's weirdly touching Megan stand out, but there are no weak performances. The chorus, and particularly the orchestra of Welsh National Opera are magnificently on top of the music.

The Guardian
...outstanding central performances from Lisa Milne as Sian...and from Christopher Purves as her father

Gramophone Magazine
The close-set balance ensures that you can positively smell the greasepaint, while every word in Michael Symmons Roberts's libretto is crystal-clear...Invest in this bold set and you'll be rewarded with singing of unflagging stamina from a strong cast...Enthusiastically recommended.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (10/06/2007).


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Works Details

>MacMillan, James : The Sacrifice, opera in 3 acts
  • Conductor: Anthony Negus
  • Running Time: 124 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2006