James MacMillan: Miserere
The Sixteen & Harry Christophers
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||Miserere||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||12:34||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Strathclyde Motets: Data est mihi omnis potestas||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||3:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Strathclyde Motets: Dominus dabit benignitatem||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||4:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Strathclyde Motets: Factus est repente||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||2:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Strathclyde Motets: O Radiant Dawn||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||3:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||O Bone Jesu||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||10:15||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Strathclyde Motets: Videns Dominus||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||5:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Strathclyde Motets: Lux aeterna||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||3:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Strathclyde Motets: In splendoribus sanctorum||The Sixteen, Harry Christophers & Robert Farley||11:09||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Strathclyde Motets: Benedicimus Deum caeli||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||2:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tenebrae Responsories: I. Tenebrae factae sunt||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||6:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tenebrae Responsories: II. Tradiderunt me||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||5:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tenebrae Responsories: III. Jesum tradidit impius||The Sixteen & Harry Christophers||8:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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.
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s