Cappella Nova "MacMillan: Tenebrae" SACD

Cappella Nova "MacMillan: Tenebrae" SACD

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The outstanding Scottish group gives a beautiful performance of three world premiere recordings of works by leading contemporary composer James MacMillan.

Tenebrae Responsories is scored for vocal octet and speaks to all of every faith and none, of the power of love and redemption through personal sacrifice. Tenebrae is full of the instantly recognisable stylistic colours that are MacMillan hallmarks such as his use of ornamentation, placed on rather than before the beat, in the style of the Celtic folk tradition. Cappella Nova has enjoyed a twenty five year association with MacMillan; many premiere performances later the choir has established an intuitive response to his work and a passion for his creativity which is clearly evident.

4 stars ‘MacMillan's faux-medievalism is undeniably beautiful - especially in the seven Strathclyde Motets, handsomely sung by Cappella Nova.' Financial Times

‘These are performances of rare power and intensity.' International Record Review

4 stars ‘...the beautiful writhing counterpoint reflects contemporary spiritual wrangling...' The Times


  1. Strathclyde Motets Mitte manum tuam
  2. Strathclyde Motets In splendoribus sanctorum
  3. Introit Give me Justice
  4. Missa Brevis Kyrie
  5. Missa Brevis Gloria
  6. Missa Brevis Sanctus
  7. Missa Brevis Agnus Dei
  8. Missa Brevis At the Conclusion
  9. Strathclyde Motets Data est mihi
  10. Strathclyde Motets Sedebit Dominus Rex
  11. Strathclyde Motets Factus est repente
  12. Strathclyde Motets Videns Dominus
  13. Strathclyde Motets Dominus dabit benignitatem
  14. Tenebrae Responsories Tenebrae factae sunt
  15. Tenebrae Responsories Tradiderunt me
  16. Tenebrae Responsories Jesum Tradidit