MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, etc / Davis

Album Summary

>MacMillan, James : The World's Ransoming, for cor anglais & orchestra (Part I of Triduum, an Easter triptych)
>MacMillan, James : The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The witch-hunts of the Scottish Reformation were the inspiration for James MacMillan's 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie', which launched his international career at its 1990 BBC Proms premiere. In 1662, Isobel Gowdie, from Nairn in Scotland, was strangled at the stake and burned in pitch after having confessed to being a witch and consorting with the devil. Composer James MacMillan (b. 1959) was drawn by the dramatic potential of this horrific event to compose what he calls "the requiem that Isobel Gowdie never had." James MacMillan wrote, "I have tried to capture the soul of Scotland in music and [the work's ] outer sections contain a multitude of chants, songs and litanies (real and imagined) coming together in a reflective outpouring..."

Gramophone Magazine
Sir Colin Davis and the LSO bring out the mainstream qualities of James MacMillan's orchestral music. With such assured playing, you're more conscious than ever of the ways in which both these works offer new angles on that archetypal battle between good and evil in which rampant percussion and snarling wind and brass fail to prevail against aspiring strings.



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>MacMillan, James : The World's Ransoming, for cor anglais & orchestra (Part I of Triduum, an Easter triptych)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1996.
  • Running Time: 22 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>MacMillan, James : The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London, England (02/21/2007/03/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990