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Macmillan: St John Passion / Davis, Maltman, London So, Et Al

Release Date: 02/10/2009 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 671   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  James MacMillan
Performer:  Christopher Maltman
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony ChorusLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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
Read more 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
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Works on This Recording

St John Passion by James MacMillan
Performer:  Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2007; Scotland 

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