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Macmillan: Jubilate Deo, Tremunt Videntes Angeli / Owens, Wells Cathedral Choir

Macmillan / Wells Cathedral Choir / Owens
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67867   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  James MacMillan
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

James MacMillan is renowned for his highly original yet accessible choral music. His prolific output displays an intrinsic understanding of the human voice and his music will undoubtedly stand the test of time. MacMillan's work is inseparable from its composer's committed adherence to Roman Catholicism. A sense of this religious belief imbues much of his work, which seeks to combine the sacred with the everyday.

This disc highlights the astonishing variety prevalent in his music, from the powerful and stylistically complex Magnificat and Nunc dimittis to the beautiful and intimate On Love composed in Macmillan's student days for the wedding of close friends.

Wells Cathedral Choir is in fine voice and they tackle
Read more the more challenging works with aplomb and conviction. With their sensitive interpretations and luminous sound, it is easy to see why they have been labeled England's finest cathedral choir.

The closing work on the disc is a hugely demanding work for solo organ, Le tombeau de Georges Rouault, one of only five works for the instrument written by the composer. Organist Jonathan Vaughn gives a masterly performance of this highly virtuosic and elaborate work.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tremunt videntes angeli by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Scotland 
2.
The lamb has come for us from the house of David by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; Scotland 
3.
Nunc dimittis by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; England 
4.
Magnificat by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; Scotland 
5.
...here in hiding... by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Scotland 
6.
Jubilate Deo by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
7.
On Love by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
8.
Give me justice by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
9.
Le tombeau de Georges Rouault by James MacMillan
Performer:  Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
10.
Serenity by James MacMillan
Conductor:  Matthew Owens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
Written: 2009 

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