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Alpha & Omega
Choral Music by James MacMillan
James MacMillan director
Alan Tavener director ~ Madeleine Mitchell violin
Cappella Nova under Tavener's direction delivers performances every bit as luminous and attractive as the music itself. - IRR
It sounds gorgeously detailed and almost luminous
jaw-dropping. - Gramophone
Superb singing & gold-standard recorded sound. - Classic FM
After its 'undeniably beautiful' (The Financial Times) Linn debut and its excellently performed (Fanfare) follow up, Cappella Nova releases a third volume of choral works by the leading contemporary composer, James
Of the eight works performed here, six receive their premiere recording (only Missa Dunelmi and Invocation have been previously recorded).
Cappella Nova has enjoyed a twenty five year association with MacMillan; many premiere performances later the choir has established an intuitive response to his work and a passion for his creativity which is evident on Alpha & Omega.
This recording is made particularly special because Missa Dunelmi is conducted here by the composer; founding director Alan Tavener lends his enthusiasm and expertise for the remaining works.
James MacMillan provides illuminating and fascinating insights into his work in a conversation with Rebecca Tavener included in the booklet note.
They are joined on Alpha & Omega by violinist Madeleine Mitchell described by The Times as one of Britain's liveliest musical forces and foremost violinists.
Cappella Nova's previous recordings, Tenebrae and Who are these Angels? were both named in Gramophone as Editor's Choice albums; the latter also received several five star reviews.
Cappella Nova is famous for its performances of contemporary music (The Guardian), having commissioned and premiered more than 60 new works including James MacMillan's cantata for Holy Week Seven Last Words
from the Cross (1994), which was the subject of seven short films for BBC2 TV.
MacMillan's international career was launched at the BBC proms in 1990 with The Confession of Isobel Gowdie. Since then his music has been programmed extensively at international music festivals.
Cappella Nova has an unrivalled reputation as champions of Scotland's unique treasury of early vocal music. Highlights over the past thirty years include winning a Glenfiddich Living Scotland award for their groundbreaking performances of Scottish early music and performing in the presence of HM The Queen.
1. I. Kyrie 3:33
2. II. Gloria 7:04
3. III. Sanctus & Benedictus 4:41
4. IV. Agnus Dei 4:38
5. St Patrick's Magnificat 6:33
7. Cum vidisset Jesus 7:43
8. I am your Mother 4:53
9. Invocation 5:32
10. Domine non secundum peccata nostra 9:30
11. Alpha and Omega 7:33
Total Time 66:41
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