James MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross

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Seven Last Words from the Cross 1993 [46'24] Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do [5'45]
Woman, Behold thy Son! … Behold, thy Mother! [5'07]
Verily, I say unto thee, today thou shalt be with me in Paradise [8'18]
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? [6'28]
I thirst [5'30]
It is finished [6'46]
Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit [8'10]

On the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin 1997† [6'41]
Te Deum 2001† [15'02] POLYPHONY
BRITTEN SINFONIA 1-7
JAMES VIVIAN organ 8 9
STEPHEN LAYTON conductor

MacMillan has a tremendous gift for making the simple resonate; the 2001 Te Deum, a first recording, shows he also knows just how to freshen an ageing choral tradition. Some fantastic singing here; and glorious music' (The Times) 'James MacMillan's work is informed by his Catholic faith, but rarely has he communicated his spiritual message as effectively as in this large-scale piece. Perhaps Haydn's example has forced him to raise his game, or maybe it was the heartrending text: either way, this is a modern choral masterpiece, and Stephen Layton and his forces its ideal interpreters' (The Independent)