"...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 - theartsdesk.com - 10 March 2012
""...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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