MacMillan - Symphony no.5 ‘Le grand Inconnu’, The Sun Danced | Coro COR16179

MacMillan - Symphony no.5 ‘Le grand Inconnu’, The Sun Danced

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Label: Coro

Cat No: COR16179

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd April 2020

Contents

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
The Sixteen
Britten Sinfonia

Conductor

Harry Christophers

Works

MacMillan, James

Symphony no.5 'Le grand Inconnu'
The Sun Danced

Artists

Mary Bevan (soprano)
The Sixteen
Britten Sinfonia

Conductor

Harry Christophers

About

Imagine a vision too wondrous for eyes alone – ‘the lady more brilliant than the sun’. ‘The lady’ is the Virgin Mary, and The Sun Danced is an ecstatic choral celebration of the Miracle of Fatima commissioned to celebration the Centennial of the Apparitions in Portugal. Celebrated British soprano, Mary Bevan, features on this, the premiere recording.

It’s no secret that James MacMillan’s profound religious belief drives his creativity, but music this powerful conveys a universal message, and the title of his new symphony, ‘Le grand Inconnu’, suggests many possible interpretations.

Symphony no.5 ‘Le grand Inconnu’ was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.

‘By calling his new Symphony ‘Le grand Inconnu’ James has given himself that freedom to explore the mystery of the subject matter and, with repeated listening, we, the listener, discover more and more within the music… From the barely audible breathing at the start of the symphony to the first forte that is so sudden and ecstatic that it produces one of those heart-pounding moments. Everything is drawn together by James into a cornucopia of sheer virtuosity and brilliance.’ – Harry Christophers

‘I regard Harry Christophers’ choir as one of the great choirs of the world and their standards of vocal brilliance and blend are unsurpassed.’ – James MacMillan

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