Related Reviews
International Record Review
‘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 >>
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 >>
MusicWeb International
'The music is stimulating and compelling and the performances are first rate.'
more >>
InfoDad.com
'...fine sound that complements excellent performances by Cappella Nova.'
more >>
The Observer
4 Stars
'They bring control and precision to the ecstatic, incantatory nature of MacMillan's work...'
more >>

Cappella Nova - Alpha & Omega - Choir & Organ


22 January 2014
Choir & Organ
Shirley Ratcliffe
5 Stars

On Alpha & Omega, Cappella Nova present works of an intimate nature, the spirituality revealing and personal. The singers bring pleading and longing to the diverse Dunelmi Mass, the ethereal and atmospheric pure lines building to ecstatic outbursts. The four Marian works - St Patrick's Magnificat, ...fiat mihi..., Cum vidisset Jesus and I am your Mother - show intricate layers of polyphonic lines. Domine, non secundum peccata nostra (scored with violin) adds an element which contrasts with the long phrases that caress the words. But it is the performance of Alpha & Omega where the programme reaches its dramatic climax with such intensity that one is left feeling wrung out. Cappella Nova and director Alan Tavener have a profound perception of the composer's music and perform this very testing writing with enviable ease. I hope the Roman Catholic Church realises what a matchless composer it has in its midst, who is bringing back to this century the glories of musical composition in past centuries in his own inimitable way.
Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Cappella NovaCappella Nova
Alpha & OmegaAlpha & Omega