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MacMillan the Master!!!!!

This is a remarkable CD. MacMillan has long been one of my favorites. His new work, "Miserere", which is dedicated to the Sixteen's director, Harry Christophers, is wonderful. I actually met MacMillan just 2 weeks ago. What an honor!! In the booklet, Christophers says that in his mind, MacMillan is one of the 3 great composers of sacred music in all of music history. The other 2 being Victoria and Poulenc. That is saying something. This disc shows his greatness. I cannot stop listening!!!!!!!


I am still amazed there are only 16 of them... James MacMillan's setting of the Miserere puts a modern twist on the Medieval polyphonic style. All of the tracks are great, but the Miserere is hauntingly perfect and very reminiscent of Gregorio Allegri's well known work. Although I am not very familiar with MacMillan, I hope to hear more of his work in the future, for it is very moving. Five Stars.


Formed: 1977

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

British conductor Harry Christophers (born 1953) founded the choral ensemble named The Sixteen in 1977. The director's vision from the outset foresaw the musical repertories for which they would be best-known: early English polyphony, other repertories of the European Renaissance, as well as choral works of the twentieth century. Even the choice of naming the ensemble not after a particular composer, style, or period served this goal of musical flexibility. With over 70 acclaimed recordings in its...
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Oct 31, 2011

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