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  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Composer: James MacMillan
  • Audio CD (7 Jan. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Lso
  • ASIN: B00103E2JQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Confession of Isobel Gowdie confirmed Scottish composer James MacMillan as a major talent in 1990. Its inspiration - the brutal execution of a 17th-century 'witch' - brought from him a score of enormous energy and compassion. Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, The World's Ransomingis a reflection on the liturgies of Maundy Thursday.

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'Davis brings this music into such vivid focus ... readings of truly visionary intensity. Stunning recorded sound' -- International Record Review

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Purkiss VINE VOICE on 27 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have no idea what the previous reviewer is talking about because this is an utterly dazzling CD. The 'requiem' for Scottish fairy witch Isobel Gowdie will break your heart if it isn't made of stone. It's breathtaking, adventurous and very compelling - the way the Isobel theme emerges from the violent middle section is just extraordinary. This piece was justly given an earsplitting standing ovation on its first performance. It's of a piece with the choral music. Try it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. Ayre on 1 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I acknowledge that other Amazon.co.uk reviewers have a different view of James MacMillan's instrumental work, but on this LSO release Sir Colin Davis brings the passion into focus.

It is true that MacMillan's choral work has a lot more publicity of late, and speaks more directly to human emotions, but we cannot take away the incredible impact of these works.

The first, 'The Confession of Isobel Gowdie', was a sensation when premiered at the BBC Proms, and demands your full attention and total immersion into the energy and compassion of the piece, that should be on the shelves of all budding enthusiasts of relevant, and current musics.

The second, 'The World's Ransoming', was a commission for the LSO, and is MacMillan's personal reflection on the liturgies of Maundy Thursday. A thoroughly engaging piece of intense drama, and subtle humility, MacMillan surpasses himself and delivers another piece fit to go alongside '-Isobel Gowdie'.

This CD is very good value for money, and the recording quality is excellent.

The performance is (as expected) one of the best interpretations of these modern masterpieces, and its release is telling...MacMillan is one of few modern composers to be performed on the LSO label, and this recording is an essential release for any fan of modern, and formative musics of western classical music.
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A fine performance by the LSO of two notable pieces from a living British composer. A positive addition to any collection!
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2 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on 8 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
MacMillan's choral music is outstanding; To date, I have found his instrumental music (including this one) not so impressive.
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