MacMillan - Seven Last Words from the Cross

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MacMillan - Seven Last Words from the Cross


Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2009



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30th March 2009




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MacMillan - Seven Last Words from the Cross


Seven Last Words from the Cross

Christus Vincit

Nemo te condemnavit

World Première Recording

... here in hiding ...

Version of ATTB chorus. World Première Recording

The Dmitri Ensemble, Graham Ross


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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?

I thirst

It is finished

Father, into Thy hands I commend my Spirit

James MacMillan: Christus Vincit

Christus Vincit

James MacMillan: Nemo te condemnavit

Nemo te condemnavit

James MacMillan: …here in hiding… (version for chorus)

…here in hiding… (version for chorus)

BBC Music Magazine

June 2009


“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?”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2009

“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.”

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