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Who Are These Angels? New Choral Music by James MacMillan
 
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Who Are These Angels? New Choral Music by James MacMillan

17 Oct. 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Oct. 2011
  • Label: Linn Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Linn Records
  • Total Length: 1:12:15
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  • ASIN: B005KGGZ2Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,829 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben Whitworth on 17 April 2012
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James MacMillan is without doubt one of the best composers of choral music working today, and his fellow-Scots Cappella Nova are rapidly establishing themselves as the finest interpreters of his work on record. This CD, which complements their earlier album 'Tenebrae', contains a generous 72 minutes of music. The pieces chosen include not only 'top end' works for the concert hall, but settings of liturgical texts that are within the reach of a (good) parish choir, such as the Advent Antiphon 'I lift my soul to you' - with an exotic blend of Gaelic folksong and Russian Orthodox influences, this shows that the official 'Proper' texts of the Mass can be set in a way that is both accessible and musically thrilling, showing a way forward from the arbitrarily-chosen hymns which all too often replace the scripture-based Propers. Another highlight of this CD is the motet 'Benedictus Deus', composed on a text from a fifteenth-century Canterbury Pontifical, which was commissioned for the enthronement of Vincent Nichols as Archbishop of Westminster; this draws brilliantly on the polyphonic tradition with which Westminster Cathedral Choir is so closely associated, but Cappella Nova prove that you don't have to be Westminster Cathedral Choir to carry it off!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. H. Smith on 9 July 2012
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"Who Are These Angels?" is the second volume in a series of choral music by James MacMillan, produced by Linn Records, with Cappella Nova conducted by Alan Tavener. The fayre on offer includes various motets, many written for the Strathclyde Chamber Choir (with which MacMillan has a close association), and the Mass of the Blessed John Newman. All the pieces here are inspired by the composer's Roman Catholic faith. In fact, MacMillan is arguably the most important Scottish composer for the church since Robert Carver. The music varies widely in mood, ranging from rapt contemplation to soaring polyphony reminiscent of the masters of the Tudor period, and there is a wide range of invention in the choral writing, so that the music never becomes repetitive or staid. Again, MacMillan writes for choirs of differing abilities, and in this selection we have some fairly straightforward compositions interspersed with the more challenging ones for the professional.

MacMillan is living proof that contemporary music does not have to be inaccessible to the lay person, and that music written for church liturgy need not be boring or pedestrian. Anything further from the stodgy mediocrity of much Victorian church music is hard to imagine.

The vibrant "Tota pulchra es", a paean in praise of the Virgin Mary, with its resonant refrains, and the choir in full cry, underpinned by thrilling organ embellishments, has already become a firm favourite of mine. The performers are first class, and the recording of the highest quality. For those who are new to MacMillan's liturgical music, this and its companion disc Tenebrae (CKD 301) provide an excellent introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael Elizabeth Hunt on 14 Nov. 2012
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A really good album, such breathing space, heavenly healing music, I'm a student and I bought this so you can surely spare the pennies for this gem!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pierluigi on 5 July 2014
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beware only works on sacd. Not worth
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