Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
"James MacMillan's compositions must be among the most frequently performed works of all living composers and with the release of this live recording of his new St John Passion, it is not hard to see why. Sir Colin Davis, who has recently recorded other Macmillan works, chose him when he was offered the opportunity of a commission to celebrate his 80th birthday and consequently, this new Passion setting is dedicated to Sir Colin Davis and amounts to quite a big birthday present...
This is a huge work blending film-score expanses of texture with complex and intellectualized references to other works and composers across a gigantic
canvass that spans what is widely referred to as 'the greatest story ever told'. The only difference is that this Passion story feels like it is the first available in wide-screen, entirely enveloping and frequently overwhelming the listener. Not for the faint-hearted."
-- Ed Breen, MusicalCriticism.com
Works on This Recording
St John Passion by James MacMillan
Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
Sir Colin Davis
London Symphony Chorus,
London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2007; Scotland
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