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CO 6096

MacMillan: Miserere

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2011

Originally recorded in 2011


Harry Christophers

The Sixteen


St Giles Church, Cripplegate

St Michael's Church, South Grove, Highgate, London, UK


Mark Brown


Mike Hatch

Record Label
Coro Records



Total Time - 79:30
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  soli: Elin Manahan Thomas soprano, Christopher Royall alto , Mark Dobell tenor, Eamonn Douglas bass  

Strathclyde Motets

2 Data est mihi omnis potestas 3:48
3 Dominus dabit benignitatem 4:33
4 Factus est repente 2:37
5 O Radiant Dawn 3:22

O Bone Jesu

  soli: Cecilia Osmond soprano, Rebecca Outram soprano, Mark Dobell tenor, Robert Evans bass  

Strathclyde Motets

7 Videns Dominus 5:08
  solo: Mark Dobell tenor  
8 Lux aeterna 3:47
9 In splendoribus sanctorum 11:09
  solo: Robert Farley trumpet  
10 Benedicimus Deum caeli 2:28

Tenebrae Responsories

11 I Tenebrae factae sunt 6:07
12 II Tradiderunt me 5:35
13 III Jesum tradidit impius 8:07
  solo: Elin Manahan Thomas soprano  

MacMillan: Miserere – The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Continuing their work with James MacMillan, Scotland’s most prominent living composer, Harry Christophers and The Sixteen have turned to MacMillan’s exquisite new work, Miserere, and this month CORO is delighted to release the premiere recording of the work.

Based on Psalm 51, the Miserere has been set to music many times over the centuries but few composers have tackled the complete text. Grigorio Allegri was one such composer, whose reputation rests on that single work. James MacMillan now offers a twenty-first-century take on the famous text.

The Sixteen is renowned for its work with the Scottish composer whose O bone Jesu – composed especially for The Sixteen – also features on this new CD, along with a selection of The Strathclyde Motets and the Tenebrae Responsories.

‘I can hardly imagine that the composer will ever hear the work sung better than this.’

International Record Review on O bone Jesu

                         Critics’ Choice

"...The performances by The Sixteen are of searing splendour and beauty."

Richard Osborne - Gramophone magazine - Christmas special edition - December 2012

"... this collection of a capella choral music is astonishingly accomplished ... This is contemporary religious music for believeers and doubters, and the performances are beyond praise. Astonishingly good."

Graham Rickson - - 10 March 2012

                    Editor’s Choice

""...An excellent anthology exploring the depth and atmosphere of MacMillan’s writing." *****

James Waygood - Classical Music (Choral 2012) magazine

Performance *****      Recording *****

"James MacMillan writes wonderfully for unaccompanied chorus... One reason this disc makes such a resoundingly positive impression is the The Sixteen are thoroughly caught up in MacMillan’s writing... With everything superbly recorded, this is a disc to return to often, and in which to discover new things each time."

Stephen Johnson - BBC Music magazine - January 2012

"...Mesmerizing, hypnotic ... call it what you will, MacMillan’s is striking music, some of it of almost monastic serenit, that can’t fail to make a deep impressio whether or not it is
experienced in its liturgical context. The Sixteen excels in this type of repertory and the performances demonstrate their sheer professionalism: the intonation is generally spot-on,
textures crystal-clear and perfectly balanced ... The church locations lend a soothing, atmospheric aura to the recorded sound ... this is a richly rewarding release."

Peter Lynan - International Record Review - December 2011

"...This terrific release offers a nourishing blend of recent Macmillan, beautifully performed and recorded, spanning the gamut from prayer-like introspection and harmonic simplicity to festive outbursts and bravura melodic displays..."  *****

Andrew Stewart - Classic FM Magazine - December 2011

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