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Macmillan: Miserere/ Tenebrae Responsories/ Strathclyde Motets (Coro: COR16096) [CD]

Robert Quinney , Robert Farley , The Sixteen , James MacMillan , Harry Christophers Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Composer: James MacMillan
  • Audio CD (31 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Coro
  • ASIN: B005TK1T3I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Miserere12:34Album Only
Listen  2. Strathclyde Motets: Data est mihi omnis potestas 3:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Strathclyde Motets: Dominus dabit benignitatem 4:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Strathclyde Motets: Factus est repente 2:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Strathclyde Motets: O Radiant Dawn 3:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. O Bone Jesu10:15Album Only
Listen  7. Strathclyde Motets: Videns Dominus 5:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Strathclyde Motets: Lux aeterna 3:470.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Strathclyde Motets: In splendoribus sanctorum11:09Album Only
Listen10. Strathclyde Motets: Benedicimus Deum caeli 2:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Tenebrae Responsories: I. Tenebrae factae sunt 6:070.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Tenebrae Responsories: II. Tradiderunt me 5:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tenebrae Responsories: III. Jesum tradidit impius 8:070.89  Buy MP3 

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Continuing their work with Scotlands most prominent living composer, James MacMillan, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen will release the premiere recording of his exquisite new work Miserere for the CORO label in November. The Sixteens UK premiere of the Miserere at the 2010 Spitalfields Festival won both public and critical acclaim. Based on Psalm 51, the Miserere mei has been set to music many times over the centuries but few composers have tackled the complete text. Allegri was one such composer, whose reputation rests on that single work. CORO is delighted to release the first recording of James MacMillans 21st-century take on the text. The group is renowned for its work with the Scottish composer, and his O bone Jesu - a piece composed especially for The Sixteen and written in emulation of his countryman Robert Carvers 19-voice O bone Jesu - was part of the ensembles 2002 and 2009 Choral Pilgrimage tours and features on this new CD. The disc also contains a selection of The Strathclyde Motets and the Tenebrae Responsories.


The Sixteen's uniquely warm and graceful sound certainly seems to have tapped a particularly timeless and atmospheric vein in MacMillan's creative persona and he has here presented them with something which tests not so much their collective virtuosity as their most profound musical instincts. This disc bears testament to a rare and wonderful relationship between composer,choir and conductor.Long may it continue. --Gramophone,Nov'11

This terrific release offers anourishing blend of recent MacMillan, beautifully performed and recorded. ***** --Classic fm Magazine,Dec'11

James MacMillan has always shown a flair for dramatic portrayals of spiritual conflict: light against dark, anxiety and despair against consolation. It is blazingly evident in these choral pieces, which conjure astonishing sounds from just 16 voices, and also at times a distinctly folk-like flavour. Technically they often pose huge demands, especially the slithering descents and chromatic shifts in the setting of the Tenebrae. The Sixteen surmount them all triumphantly, and make a sound of impassioned warmth and pinpoint accuracy.CD OF THE WEEK --Daily Telegraph,18/11/11

The Sixteen excels in this type of repertory and the performances demonstrate their sheer professionalism. This is a richly rewarding release. --IRR,Dec'11

Newcomers to MacMillan should find the Miserere an excellent place to start (well done Coro for putting it first).With everything superbly recorded, this is a disc to return often, and in which to discover new things each time. Performance ***** Recording ***** --BBC Music Magazine,Jan'12

A disc of MacMillan from the Sixteen under Christophers promises much and the results don't disappoint. A superlative disc. ***** --Choir and Organ,Nov/Dec'11

Critics' Choice 2012 --Gramophone, Christmas '12

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 18 Mar 2012
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I've enjoyed much of James MacMillan's work since I first heard Isabel Gowdie. I don't share his religious convictions at all but I recognise he is powerfully motivated to write music of meaning and beauty. This collection is a fine set of works. I lent it to a friend who needed some solace and he found it deeply moving and asked me to get him a copy. The recording quality is excellent, with good balance and soundstage. It would be a nice intro to MacMillan's work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly 11 Oct 2012
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The works on the CD comprise the most beautiful 21st century choral compositions I have heard. The Miserere in particular is incredibly beautiful. The Sixteen under Harry Christophers are in fine form as usual.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modish but with great feeling. 24 April 2012
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The ghost of Allegri is never far off in this Miserere
and other, more contemporary choral writers from the Baltic and North America
are brought to mind too, on the other tracks, but who cares?

Here is the joy of a creative composer working with a Rolls Royce of a choir
that is simply marvellous to hear and questions of originality are irrelevant.

Let's hope the classical radio stations don't play this disc to death!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning recording of phenomenal pieces 11 Feb 2014
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The expression of Macmillan's motet settings is, in my opinion, unparalleled in contemporary composition, and this recording by The Sixteen couldn't convey it better. The title piece, Miserere, is sensitively performed without losing a dramatic edge, and the Strathclyde Motets are full of character. A fantastic purchase, highly recommended!
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