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James MacMillan: Symphony No. 5 "Le grand Inconnu" & The Sun Danced

The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia, Harry Christophers, Genesis Sixteen

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The Sun Danced
James MacMillan; Mary Bevan; Britten Sinfonia; The Sixteen; Genesis Sixteen; Harry Christophers
Symphony No. 5 "Le grand Inconnu"  
I. Ruah
James MacMillan; The Sixteen; Britten Sinfonia; Genesis Sixteen; Harry Christophers
II. Zao
James MacMillan; Julie Cooper; Britten Sinfonia; The Sixteen; Genesis Sixteen; Harry Christophers; Kim Porter; Mark Dobell; Ben Davies
III. Igne vel igne
James MacMillan; The Sixteen; Britten Sinfonia; Genesis Sixteen; Harry Christophers
Total Playing Time    78:50
Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of James MacMillan. It’s no secret that MacMillan’s profound religious belief drives his creativity, but music this powerful conveys a universal message, and the title of his new symphony "Le grand Inconnu" suggests many possible interpretations. Imagine a vision too wondrous for eyes alone – ‘the lady more brilliant than the sun’. ‘The lady’ is the Virgin Mary, and "The Sun Danced" is an ecstatic choral celebration of the Miracle of Fatima commissioned for the Celebration of the Centennial of the Apparitions in Portugal. Mary Bevan is the featured soprano for this, the premiere recording. "By calling his new Symphony ‘Le grand Inconnu’ James has given himself that freedom to explore the mystery of the subject matter and, with repeated listening, we, the listener, discover more and more within the music… From the barely audible breathing at the start of the symphony to the first forte that is so sudden and ecstatic that it produces one of those heart pounding moments. Everything is drawn together by James into a cornucopia of sheer virtuosity and brilliance." - Harry Cristophers
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