Purcell: Bright Orb Of Harmony (the Sixteen)
MacMillan: O bone Jesu A Child's Prayer The Strathclyde Motets: Mitte manum tuam The Strathclyde Motets: Sedebit Dominus Rex Purcell: Miserere mei (canon 4 in 2), Z109 Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, 1695: Funeral Sentences (first set) Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Z135 Remember not, O Lord, our offences, Z50 Beati omnes qui timent Dominum, Z131 Let mine eyes run down with tears, Z24 O dive custos Auriacae domus, Z504 Thou knowest, Lord
2009 is a year of anniversaries - the three hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Henry Purcell’s birth (1659), James MacMillan’s fiftieth birthday (16 July 2009) and The Sixteen’s thirtieth anniversary. To celebrate, the ensemble has recorded live a brand new disc of music dedicated to these most innovative of British composers. Purcell’s extraordinary use of harmony sounds as modern today as it must have sounded in the seventeenth century. Putting his heartfelt Funeral Sentences alongside James MacMillan’s powerfully emotive A Child’s Prayer, written in memory of the Dunblane Tragedy, and his hauntingly beautiful O bone Jesu (a piece originally commissioned by The Sixteen) will give the listener the chance to experience the true power of this music.