Label: LINN RECORDS
Cappella Nova; Alan Tavener, director
1: And lo, the Angel of the Lord; 2: Qui meditabitur (Strathclyde Motet); 3: O Radiant Dawn (Strathclyde Motet); 4: Lux aeterna (Strathclyde Motet); 5: Os mutorum (Strathclyde Motet); 6: Bring us, O Lord; 7: Canticle of Zachariah (Strathclyde Motet); 8: Benedictus Deus; 9: Advent Antiphon; 10: Pascha nostrum immolutes est (Strathclyde Motet); 11: Who are these Angels?; 12: Think of how God loves you; 13: Benedicimus Deum caeli (Strathclyde Motet); 14-19 Mass of Blessed John Henry Newman: Kyrie; Gloria; Sanctus; Acclamations; Agnus Dei; Tota pulchra es
"These are performances of rare power and intensity." International Record Review
"MacMillan is one of the most prolific and sought-after composers working today." American Choral Journal "...extraordinary discipline, precision, and passion..." AllMusic.com
o Cappella Nova follow on from their "undeniably beautiful" (The Financial Times) Linn debut, 'James MacMillan - Tenebrae', with their second volume of choral works by the leading contemporary composer.
o The outstanding Scottish group have a unique relationship with James MacMillan, the composer having written several works for them.
o All of the tracks are premiere recordings, recorded under the supervision of the composer. Included is the last of the Strathclyde Motets - seven having been included on 'Tenebrae'.
o Also included is the mass James MacMillan wrote specifically for Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Scotland in September 2010, sung by over 150,000 people.
o Cappella Nova is "famous for its performances of contemporary music" (The Guardian), having commissioned and premiered more than 60 new works since 1986.
o Besides appearances in many British festivals, the group has toured many times abroad, including several visits to Europe and the USA.
o James MacMillan launched his international career at the BBC Proms in 1990 with the critically acclaimed The Confession of Isobel Gowdie. Since then MacMillan has been awarded a CBE (January 2004) and has created one of the strongest portfolios of contemporary compositions with many award-winning recordings and acclaimed concert performances worldwide.