James MacMillan

Biography

Born: July 16, 1959; Kilwilling, North Ayrshire  
James MacMillan has produced a spate of works in various genres -- symphonic, concerto, opera, theater, sacred, choral, and much else. He has achieved great success with a number of them, placing him easily among the leading Scottish composers from the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries. 1990 was a watershed time for MacMillan: that year his theatrical piece Búsqueda (1988) was introduced at the Edinburgh International Festival, and Read more his orchestral work The Confession of Isobel Gowdie was premiered at a Proms concert, both events catapulting him to national as well as international notice. The latter opus and his percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel are probably MacMillan's most popular large works. MacMillan's style incorporates some modernist characteristics (leftovers from his youth), but on the whole his music, with its use of Scottish folk music; his quite approachable melodic and rhythmic invention; and his gift for imaginative and colorful scoring place his style well within the accessible range. Indeed, but his sacred music, inspired by his Roman Catholicism and sympathies for the oppressed, is stylistically often more challenging, with a mixture of the dissonant and the medieval, of disruption and consolation. MacMillan's works are widely available on recordings and often played in the concert hall, especially throughout the U.K.

James MacMillan was born in Kilwinning, Scotland, on July 16, 1959. Raised in Cumnock, North Ayrshire, he studied composition with Rita McAllister at the University of Edinburgh and with John Casken at Durham University.

After the success of Búsqueda and The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, MacMillan was suddenly in demand, with many important commissions: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, was premiered in 1992 by Evelyn Glennie, with spectacular success, and the 1993 cantata Seven Last Words from the Cross, achieved great acclaim during its Holy Week screening on the BBC in 1994. Further, MacMillan produced a cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich, who premiered it in 1997.

In 2000 MacMillan began a nine-year stint as composer/conductor with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Since the turn of the century he has also conducted the London Symphony, the NHK, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and many other orchestras in performances of his works and those of other contemporary composers (Birtwistle, Casken, Lindberg). Among MacMillan's most important recent works are his second opera, The Sacrifice, premiered by the Welsh National Opera in 2007, and his St. John Passion, premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in 2008. Read less
James Macmillan: Work For Chamber Orchestra With Soloists
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72638   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $18.98
CD: $14.99
In Stock
On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

James Macmillan: Visions Of A November Spring
Release Date: 08/12/2014   Label: Delphian  
Catalog: 34088   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $21.98
CD: $17.99
In Stock
On sale!   $21.98   CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

Macmillan: Symphony Vigil / Vänskä, Bbc Scottish So, Et Al
Release Date: 04/01/1999   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 990   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $21.99
CD: $17.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $21.99   CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Macmillan: Tryst, Adam's Rib, Et Al / Swensen, Scottish Co
Release Date: 09/15/1999   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1019   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $21.99
CD: $17.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $21.99   CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Macmillan: Symphony No 2, Cumnock Fair, Sinfonietta
Release Date: 11/21/2000   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1119   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $21.99
CD: $17.99
Low Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $21.99   CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

There are 95 James MacMillan recordings available.

Select a specific Work or Popular Work below

or

Works



YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In