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Cappella Nova

Cappella Nova

This outstanding Scottish choral group is famous for premiering works by leading contemporary composers and performing Scotland's unique treasury of early vocal music.



Alpha & Omega
Alpha & Omega
Cappella Nova releases a third volume of works by the leading contemporary composer, James MacMillan 

CKD 439  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

Who are these Angels?
Who are these Angels?
New choral music by James MacMillan. 

CKD 383  

James MacMillan – Tenebrae
James MacMillan – Tenebrae
three world premiere recordings of works by leading contemporary composer James MacMillan 

CKD 301  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their best 

AKP 305  

Cappella Nova

soprano: Francis Cooper, Libby Crabtree, Micaela Haslam*, Rebecca Tavener*
mezzo soprano: Heather Cairncross, Anne Lewis
countertenor: Alexander L'Estrange*, Richard Wyn Roberts*
tenor: Malcolm Bennett, Clifford Lister, Graham Neal*, Tom Phillips*
baritone: Paul Charrier*, Greg Skidmore
bass: Edward Caswell*, John Milne
trumpet: Mark O'Keeffe

*the eight soloists in Tenebrae Responsories

 

Cappella Nova, founded in 1982 by Alan and Rebecca Tavener, has an unrivalled reputation as champions of Scotland's unique treasury of early vocal music. The group is also ‘famous for its performances of contemporary music' (The Guardian),having commissioned and premiered more than 80 new works since 1986. These include John Tavener's monumental three-hour oratorio, 'Resurrection' (1990), broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and James MacMillan's cantata for Holy Week 'Seven Last Words from the Cross' (1994), which was the subject of seven short films for BBC2 TV. In 1996 they recorded the award-winning soundtrack by William Sweeney for the Tartan Short film 'an iobairst'. In 2003 they provided ensemble vocals for the critically-acclaimed album 'Hate' by The Delgados.

Cappella Nova and its medieval offshoot ensemble, Canty, has made 18 recordings, including ten of Medieval and Renaissance music for the Sanctuary Classics (ASV - now part of Universal) Gaudeamus label, all of which are ‘world premieres in modern times'. The group is particularly well-known for championing the music of the 16th century Scottish polyphonist, Robert Carver, and has already recorded two critically acclaimed albums of the sacred choral music of James MacMillan for Linn. Besides appearances in many British festivals, the group has toured many times abroad, including several visits to Germany and France, and tours in Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, Russia and the USA. Among Cappella Nova's awards are several Enterprise Awards from the Performing Rights Society and a Glenfiddich ‘Living Scotland' Award for their ground-breaking performances of Scottish early music. 

On St Andrew's Day 1998 the group premiered a specially commissioned work by William Sweeney in the presence of HM The Queen at the opening of the National Museum of Scotland. The group has shared the platform with a wide range of groups and artists including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Evelyn Glennie, John Sessions, The Scottish Brass Ensemble, St Petersburg Baroque Brass, Tom Fleming, Concerto Caledonia, Sheena Wellington, Sister Sledge, Theatre Cryptic, Kim Edgar and The Scottish Ensemble.

 


For further information - www.cappella-nova.com
Cappella Nova named Gramophone Choice
13 February 2012
'Illuminating performances'
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International Record Review
‘All of the music on this disc is characterized by its intelligence and forward-looking beauty…’
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BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
‘[...fiat mihi…] is properly timeless isn’t it? Those celtic ornamentations he uses, and this choir is so good at that as well now. They are very beautiful…’
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BBC Music Magazine
Choral & Song Choice: 'A marvellous set of performances.'
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MusicWeb International
'The music is stimulating and compelling and the performances are first rate.'
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Classical CD Review
‘The composer’s intricate ensemble writing is beautifully performed by the superb chorus, and the engineering richly captures the warm resonance of Church of Holy Rude, Stirling, UK.’
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Gramophone
'Cappella Nova have a particularly white, straight sound which shows off the bone-structure of these exquisite motets, poised somewhere between beauty and anguished intensity.'
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Choir & Organ
5 Stars
'... such intensity...'
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InfoDad.com
'...fine sound that complements excellent performances by Cappella Nova.'
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Le Scena Musicale
'MacMillan is a champion virtuoso of church space.'
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AllMusic.com
'Strong engineering and a smaller, well drilled choir both assist his music...'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'They bring control and precision to the ecstatic, incantatory nature of MacMillan's work...'
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Musicweb International
'This is an absorbing disc.'
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
'...the wonderful ending Tota pulchra es are just astounding, easy reminders that MacMillan is indeed one of the most interesting and original composers on the scene today, receiving brilliant and stylistically exuberant readings like these...'
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Lucrene New Newspaper
4 Stars
A nice review from the Swiss newspaper Lucrene.
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International Record Review
'Cappella Nova under Taverna's direction delivers performances every bit as luminous and attractive as the music itself.'
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ClassicFM Magazine
5 Stars
'superb singing & gold-standard recorded sound'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'...performed with elegance...'
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American Record Guide
'Linn's recorded sound is strong and reverberant, which enhances the power of the music...'
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Gramophone
Gramophone Choice: 'Illuminating performances...'
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Fanfare
'...excellently performed...'
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Choir & Organ
5 Stars
'a fine disc'


Pizzicato
4 Stars
A lovely review from Pizzicato
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STLtoday.com
'pure, radiant singing'
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All Manner of Thing
'...sung passionately and expertly on this recording.'
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It’s Not Opera Blog
'A wonderful programme of premiere recordings'
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InfoDad Blog
'Pleasantly written...'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'stunning'
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allmusic.com
'Cappella Nova sings with precision and with sweet, pure tone.'
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Klassik.com
"Kekke uitvoering; Cappella Nova en MacMillan lijken voor elkaar geboren."
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American Choral Journal
"These performances are outstanding."
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AudioVideoHD
4½ Stars
"Tenebrae es -sin duda- una "experiencia religiosa" muy reconfortante que parte de un trabajo de primer orden."
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Fono Forum
4 Stars
"...beinahe magischen...vorzüglichen."
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Crescendo
"MacMillan a en effet trouvé avec la Capella Nova d'Alan Tavener un interprète idéal, pour qui ce style de musique n'a visiblement aucun secret."
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MusicWeb International
...This work startles by its originality and emotional power.
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Atlanta Audio Society
Another excellent review for Cappella Nova
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice - '...the duty of reviewing was never anything but a pleasure.'
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Audiophile Audition
4½ Stars
...well worth the attention.
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Klassik.com
4½ Stars
Great review from the German website
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ClassicalMusic.com
Cappella Nova "give exemplary performances of some truly inspiring music".


High Fidelity Poland
4½ Stars
Great review from the Polish audiophile publication
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AllMusic.com
4½ Stars
"...extraordinary discipline, precision, and passion..."
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The Herald - Live Review
5 Stars
A musical experience
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Tempo
MacMillan's resourcefulness in writing for singers of differing abilities make him one of today's most valued choral composers.
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International Record Review
these are performances of rare power and intensity
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The Times (Knowledge)
4 Stars
...the beautiful writhing counterpoint reflects contemporary spiritual wrangling...
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The Irish Times
4 Stars
Cappella Nova sing everything here with affecting, communicative directness
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
Highly enjoyable and probably will not be bettered in the foreseeable future.
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Musical Pointers
Very intense and moving music...recommended.
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The Observer
Marvellous new works...
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Financial Times
4 Stars
...undeniably beautiful...
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