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Macmillan: Seven Last Words From The Cross CD


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  • Audio CD (30 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B001TAAMMG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. 7 Last Words from the Cross: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do 6:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. 7 Last Words from the Cross: Woman, Behold They son!? Behold, Thy Mother! 5:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 7 Last Words from the Cross: Verily, I say unto, today thou shalt be with me in Paradise 8:15Album Only
Listen  4. 7 Last Words from the Cross: Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani? 7:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. 7 Last Words from the Cross: I thirst 5:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. 7 Last Words from the Cross: It is finished 6:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. 7 Last Words from the Cross: Father, into Thy hands I commend my Spirit 7:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Christus Vincit 6:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Nemo te condemnavit 5:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. ?here in hiding? (version for chorus)11:33Album Only

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Naxos is delighted to mark James Macmillan's 50th birthday with this disc on Naxos, bringing together a number of different choral works from 1993 to 2005. This disc contains two world première recordings and is produced by John Rutter , who spoke of the Dmitri Ensemble in the following terms: ''They are the stars of the future.'' - ''In recent years it has been an enormous thrill hearing my music being performed by The Dmitri Ensemble. This excellent, young ensemble brings a breath of fresh air to music making in this country, and are fortunate to have in their director Graham Ross one of the most exciting new musicians to appear on the radar.'' James MacMillan

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''The flying Scot is writing music with as much fervour and ingenuity as anyone on the planet.... his passion and energy seem inexhaustible... he is, paradoxically, the most powerful voice in British music today - by a mile. Though fused from a thousand diverse sacred and secular influences, his pieces are instantly recognisable, intellectually coherent, fizzing with ideas, gloriously coloured, and without a whiff of pretension or obfuscation.'' --The Times

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By music fanatic on 11 May 2009
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A magnificent recording of a modern masterpiece.I am not religious but this great work depicts what probably occurred all those years ago.Listen to this and be transfixed.The singing is perfect and the pitch and intonation are spot on.For little outlay be transported to another dimension.Without a doubt James Macmillan is one of the great modern composers with a distinct style,challenging and quite beautiful in places.Buy it and be amazed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr A Le Harivel on 29 April 2013
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Admittedely an intense work, this is a fine recording of a modern masterpiece. Its balance of voices and orchestration perhaps makes beter sense after seing it performed as with the 2013 BBC Singers short tour of Ireland. The Graham Sutherland 'Crucifixion' on the CD cover is the perefect choice.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gille liath TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 May 2012
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Is it coincidence that the only modern composers worth bothering with seem to be those interested in religious themes? This is the most intensely moving music I know of from the last 20 years. Where so much modern classical music is a mere footling around with silly noises, MacMillan has here produced something really meaningful, a triumphant revival of a traditional form: music powerful enough to make your jaw drop. And, on this disc, the searing Seven Last Words has an appropriate epilogue in the reassuring tranquility of Christus Vincit.

In terms of the recording, the string sound is great; the singing - especially what sounds like a countertenor - is just a wee bit off at times, but not enough to really bother you. The only other weakness is the ever-so-slightly smarmy picture of MacMillan, and the notes by him.

His ideas about ordinary church music may be deeply wrong-headed - he has an absurd prejudice against hymns - but he certainly knows how to adorn the big occasion.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Counsell on 23 Feb 2010
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The Seven Last Words, according to the Gospels, were all spoken by Jesus as he hung on the cross. Macmillan has set all of them, together with other Biblical texts amd some Latin prayers, in a deeply moving and inspiring work. I am in a choir which is learning to sing it for a concert; it's hard work, as you have to learn the timing and the intervals and watch the conductor at the same time. I couldn't do it without the CD, and have played it through many times. I think I can say even at this stage that the concert will be magnificent. Even if you are only going to listen to it, you need the CD to get into it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Unbelievable! 20 Aug 2009
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This work of contemporary Christian genre is one of the most oustanding compositions I have heard in years. It is not for those who just like hymns and typical anthems; it is a work of genius and emotion. It is hard to listen to if one is not familiar with 20th and 21st Century compoisition. You will not be disappointed. One can actually feel the breath going out of Christ as the work ends. I have recommended it to many of my choir friends.
Lee Albert in San Diego
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