MacMillan - St John Passion
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Label: LSO Live
Cat No: LSO0671
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 2nd February 2009
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
ConductorSir Colin Davis
MacMillan had previously considered writing a passion and used the opportunity of the commission to produce a setting based on the Gospel of St John. The result is a highly dramatic passion, fusing MacMillan's own Catholic faith, compositional style and musical influences with the long tradition of settings for the passion of Christ in both the Catholic and Lutheran faiths.
In addition to the choir and orchestra, MacMillan uses a small choir of professional singers to provide the narration and a solitary baritone soloist to portray Christus. The work received its première on 27th April 2008 at the Barbican.
World Premiere Recording.
"James MacMillan has delivered a St John Passion that stirred its premiere audience to a standing ovation, Maltman sought out the lyrical core of this striking portrayal, while acknowledging its angry edge. Both choruses delivered with panache, while Sir Colin Davis - in a work commissioned for his 80th birthday - conducted the LSO with the directness he brings to one of the select few living composers that he champions" - The Independent
"MacMillan won the night's Oscar for making contemporary music matter. He undoubtedly deserved his standing ovation" - The Times
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