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“In recent years it has been an enormous thrill hearing my music being performed by The Dmitri Ensemble. This excellent, young ensemble brings a breath of fresh air to music making in this country, and are fortunate to have in their director Graham Ross one of the most exciting new musicians to appear on the radar.” James MacMillan
Naxos is delighted to mark James Macmillan’s 50th birthday with this disc on Naxos, bringing together a number of different choral works from 1993 to 2005.
This disc contains two world première recordings and is produced by John Rutter , who spoke of the Dmitri Ensemble in the following terms : “They are the stars of the future.”
“The flying Scot is writing music with as much fervour and ingenuity as anyone on the planet….his passion and energy seem inexhaustible… he is, paradoxically, the most powerful voice in British music today - by a mile. Though fused from a thousand diverse sacred and secular influences, his pieces are instantly recognisable, intellectually coherent, fizzing with ideas, gloriously coloured, and without a whiff of pretension or obfuscation.” The Times
James MacMillan: 7 Last Words from the Cross
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do
Woman, Behold They son!… Behold, Thy Mother!
Verily, I say unto, today thou shalt be with me in Paradise
Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani?
It is finished
Father, into Thy hands I commend my Spirit
James MacMillan: Christus Vincit
James MacMillan: Nemo te condemnavit
Nemo te condemnavit
James MacMillan: …here in hiding… (version for chorus)
…here in hiding… (version for chorus)
“Singing and playing are polished, focused and alert; but it’s the controlled intensity that's most striking here. …I can’t recall a performance that so forcefully contrasts the sweet lyricism of 'Verily, I say unto you' and the uncompromising non-tonal harshness of 'Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani?”
“This is the work's third recording… and, on balance, the most compelling and inexorable-sounding yet. Graham Ross secures outstandingly fervent and finely disciplined results from the youthful Dmitri Ensemble… while the remaining three items are just as impressive, especially the radiantly soaring anthem for double choir Christus vincit...technically speaking the disc is little short of a triumph in its combination of truthful sonority and wholly natural perspective.”