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Tenebrae - New Choral Music by James MacMillan [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Cappella Nova , James MacMillan , Alan Tavener , Capella Nova Audio CD
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listen  1. The Strathclyde Motets: Mitte manum tuam (Stretch forth your hand)Capella Nova 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Strathclyde Motets: In splendoribus sanctorum (Amidst the splendours of the heavenly sanctuary)Capella Nova 8:11Album Only
listen  3. Give me justice, O GodCapella Nova 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Missa Brevis: KyrieCapella Nova 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Missa Brevis: GloriaCapella Nova 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Missa Brevis: SanctusCapella Nova 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Missa Brevis: Agnus DeiCapella Nova 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Missa Brevis: At the ConclusionCapella Nova 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Strathclyde Motets: Data est mihi omnis potestas (It has been given to me)Capella Nova 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Strathclyde Motets: Sedebit Dominus Rex (The Lord will sit on his throne)Capella Nova 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Strathclyde Motets: Factus est repente (Suddenly, a sound came)Capella Nova 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Strathclyde Motets: Videns Dominus (When the Lord saw)Capella Nova 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Strathclyde Motets: Dominus dabit benignitatem (The Lord will bestow his loving kindness)Capella Nova 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Tenebrae factae suntCapella Nova 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Tenebrae Responsories: Tradiderunt meCapella Nova 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Tenebrae Responsories: Jesum tradidt impiusCapella Nova 8:15Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: Capella Nova
  • Orchestra: Capella Nova
  • Conductor: Alan Tavener
  • Composer: James MacMillan
  • Audio CD (November 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Linn
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,431 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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William Byrd produced his greatest work in a time of religious persecution. While James MacMillan wouldn't claim that composers today face the same dangers, he does believe that secular fundamentalism is growing as a counterpart to religious fundamentalism, preventing discussion of spiritual matters. These marvellous, astringent new works - his Tenebrae Responsories', Strathclyde' motets and a reworking of his youthful Missa Brevis' - are in part a reaction to the current atmosphere and offer eloquent ripostes to those who would denigrate sincere belief. --The Observer

These are times when faith and faiths are central in discussion and controversy, with strong contesting viewpoints abroad. With the same mailing as this CD, we had from the LSO a concert series entitles Belief - music with power to inspire, whatever you believe in.., to include the world premiere of James MacMillan's St John Passion. MacMillan has always had a strong Christian background to his compositions and it is clear from the interview which constitutes the inset notes for this CD that he continues to be very heavily engaged in composing a cappella music. Here we have an early Missa Brevis, written when he was 17 and 'touched up just a little' for this recording. It emerges strong and confident, and right he is to confess being still proud of it. For his Strathclyde Motets he deliberately 'dropped the difficulty notch a little'; I found them less interesting except for one which has a 'semi-improvised' accompaniment for a trumpet, which rings out splendidly in the resonant acoustic of Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh. But the three Tenebrae Responsories are something other, tortured harmonies and tessiturae stretching the eight soloists to their limits; very intense and moving music. The voices are full throated and obviously committed, caught by vivid recording, and supplied for us with an unfussy booklet which gives a clear background understanding of MacMillan's position at this stage of his composing life; the interview with Rebecca Tavener, also printed in full on Linn's website. Recommended. --Musical Pointers

Listening blind you could almost mistake these a cappella pieces for Arvo Pärt or another of the Baltic mystics, but the skirling pibroch motif - the language of the Scots lament - soon gives the game away. While hardly original, MacMillan's faux-medievalism is undeniably beautiful - especially in the seven Strathclyde Motets, handsomely sung by Cappella Nova under Alan Tavener. --Financial Times

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music with celtic and eastern resonances June 26, 2008
By Aquinas
Format:Audio CD
This is a lovely CD of MacMillan's work ranging over 30 years. I would single out the 2nd Strathclyde motet (2nd track) as particularly memorable with its haunting trumpet accompaniment (echoeing Copland). The early mass is a fine piece and the tenebrae (darker hued and recalling his seven last words) are also worthy pieces. MacMillan's celtic/eastern approach to choral music is particularly attractive. If this appeals, I would recommend MacMillan's westminster mass and his seven last words (on hyperion).
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