Choral & Song Choice: '...a mixture of anguish and ecstasy, the sub-divided writing is nailed with pinpoint accuracy...a marvellous set of performances.'
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BBC Music Magazine
'They bring control and precision to the ecstatic, incantatory nature of MacMillan's work...' The Guardian
Album of the Week: 'His Missa Dunelmi is beautifully and atmospherically recorded here... MacMillan is a champion virtuoso of church space.' Sinfini
Of the eight works performed here, six receive their premiere recording (only Missa Dunelmi and Invocation have been previously recorded). 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 evident on Alpha & Omega.
This recording is made particularly special because Missa Dunelmi is conducted here by the composer; founding director Alan Tavener lends his enthusiasm and expertise for the remaining works. James MacMillan provides illuminating and fascinating insights into his work in a conversation with Rebecca Tavener included in the booklet note.
They are joined on Alpha & Omega by violinist Madeleine Mitchell described by The Times as ‘one of Britain's liveliest musical forces and foremost violinists'. Cappella Nova's previous recordings, 'Tenebrae' and ‘Who are these Angels?' were both named in Gramophone as ‘Editor's Choice' albums; the latter also received several five star reviews.
View the booklet in full here.
International Record Review
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‘All of the music on this disc is characterized by its intelligence and forward-looking beauty…’more >>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…’more >>BBC Music Magazine
Choral & Song Choice: 'A marvellous set of performances.'more >>MusicWeb International
'The music is stimulating and compelling and the performances are first rate.'more >>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.’more >>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.'more >>Choir & Organ
'... such intensity...'more >>InfoDad.com
'...fine sound that complements excellent performances by Cappella Nova.'more >>Le Scena Musicale
'MacMillan is a champion virtuoso of church space.'more >>AllMusic.com
'Strong engineering and a smaller, well drilled choir both assist his music...'more >>The Observer
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