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Birds of Rhiannon / Magnificat Exsultet

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Disc: 1

  1. Magnificat, for chorus & orchestra
  2. Nunc dimittis, for chorus & orchestra
  3. Exsultet, symphonic fanfare (2 versions)
  4. The Gallant Weaver, for a cappella chorus
  5. The Birds of Rhiannon, dramatic concerto for orchestra with a mystical coda for choir: Largo - Andante - Tempo di reel - Allegro - Pr
  6. The Birds of Rhiannon, dramatic concerto for orchestra with a mystical coda for choir: quarter note = c. 60-63
  7. The Birds of Rhiannon, dramatic concerto for orchestra with a mystical coda for choir: Andante -
  8. The Birds of Rhiannon, dramatic concerto for orchestra with a mystical coda for choir: Tempo I (Largo)
  9. The Birds of Rhiannon, dramatic concerto for orchestra with a mystical coda for choir: Chorus: 'Hauls, hauls of fish'


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00006FSPK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Scottish composer, James MacMillan, is one of the most distinguished of his generation. He is a master of all the techniques of composition
and tonality is important, making his music much more accessible than most contemporary composers.
The title piece of this disc, The Birds of Rhiannon (2001) is a big work which the composer calls 'a dramatic concerto for orchestra with a mystical coda for choir'. It was inspired by an old Welsh legend and sets a poem written on this theme. This is by far the most difficult piece on this CD. It is largely atonal except for the final chorus, which is elegiac and lyrical. The atmosphere is very dark and there are a number of startling and original orchestral effects. A crack of the whips later on heralds a pause and the entry into MacMillan's 'mystical coda'. MacMillan's orchestration is quite masterly and it seems he can draw any sound he wants from his band.
The Magnificat begins beautifully and mysteriously and the atmosphere is pastoral. This continues for some time, but at the words 'Glory be to the father', there is a tremendous, loud short outburst from the organ and the orchestra. This is repeated a number of times, the words filling the gaps, and after the 'amen', the piece ends quietly and peacefully.
The Nunc Dimittis has a similar structure, but begins quietly with the basses singing in a rather sinister way. Gradually the music becomes more animated until again the words are interrupted by massive, explosive chords on the organ and orchestra. After several repetitions, the chorus has the last word and the work ends calmly.
The Exsultet is purely orchestral and reveals a strange sound world. It starts with subterranean brass notes. The music gradually gets denser and faster.
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