JAMES MACMILLAN (b.1959): Seven Last Words from the Cross for Chorus and Orchestra, Christus Vincit, Nemo te condemnavit, ...here in hiding... for Chorus.
Catalogue Number: 05K099
Description: Given MacMillan's deep religious faith, it comes as no surprise that the climactic moment of the biblical account of Christ's crucifixion would elicit a work hailed by some critics as his masterpiece. The exquisitely balanced imposition of abrasive dissonance into the tonal liquidity of the choral textures is perfectly judged to depict the anguish inherent in the text. The accompanying string writing is in the finest English tradition, from Elgar to Tippett, elegiacally mourning yet capable of incisive protest as demanded by the text. ...here in hiding... is a vocally challenging motet based on mediæval musical and textual themes. The Dmitri Ensemble; Graham Ross.