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MacMillan: Alpha & Omega

Magazine article Gramophone

MacMillan: Alpha & Omega

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MacMillan

Alpha & Omega. Missa Dunelmi (a). St Patrick's Magnificat. Fiat mihi. Cum vidisset Jesus. I am your mother. Invocation. Domine non secundum peccata nostra (b)

Cappella Nova / Alan Tavener, (a) James MacMillan with (b) Madeleine Mitchell vn

Linn (F) ** CKD439 (68' * DDD/DSD)

It's no coincidence that the same early music groups who specialise in Renaissance polyphony are increasingly making a second study of contemporary choral music. Scottish chamber ensemble Cappella Nova are just one of many choirs exploring and exploiting the natural affinities between the repertoire of the 16th and 20th centuries. Their latest disc, 'Alpha & Omega', is the third in a trio of releases devoted to the music of James MacMillan a composer whose own music sustains an ever more lively dialogue between medieval and polyphonic traditions and a contemporary choral idiom.

Rich in premiere recordings and with the additional curiosity of a composer-conducted rendition of the Missa Dunelmi, this is an essential disc on content alone. As MacMillan admits in the booklet-note, he increasingly enjoys revisiting ideas and reworking them, giving this programme an unusually organic feel. …

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