Gramophone Choice - March 2012
'Illuminating performances...[an] essential addition to the rapidly growing discography of one of Britain's most self-assured musical voices.
Cappella Nova follow on from their 'undeniably beautiful' (The Financial Times) Linn debut, MacMillan:Tenebrae, with their second volume of choral works by the leading contemporary composer. The outstanding Scottish group have a unique relationship with James MacMillan, the composer having written several works for them. All of the tracks are premiere recordings, recorded under the supervision of MacMillan, whose fascinating conversation with Rebecca Tavener on his new works are included here.
Who are these Angels? includes the last of the Strathclyde Motets, seven of which were included on Tenebrae. Also included is the mass James MacMillan wrote specifically for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Scotland in September 2010, sung by over 150,000 people.
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'This is an absorbing disc.'more >>Audiophile Audition
'...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...'more >>Lucrene New Newspaper
A nice review from the Swiss newspaper Lucrene.more >>International Record Review
'Cappella Nova under Taverna's direction delivers performances every bit as luminous and attractive as the music itself.'more >>American Record Guide
'Linn's recorded sound is strong and reverberant, which enhances the power of the music...'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'...performed with elegance...'more >>ClassicFM Magazine
'superb singing & gold-standard recorded sound'more >>Gramophone
Gramophone Choice: 'Illuminating performances...'more >>Fanfare
'...excellently performed...'more >>Choir & Organ
'a fine disc'Pizzicato
A lovely review from Pizzicatomore >>STLtoday.com
'pure, radiant singing'more >>All Manner of Thing
'...sung passionately and expertly on this recording.'more >>It’s Not Opera Blog
'A wonderful programme of premiere recordings'more >>InfoDad Blog
'Pleasantly written...'more >>McAlister Matheson Music
'Cappella Nova sings with precision and with sweet, pure tone.'more >>