James MacMillan

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra/MacMillan review – Capperauld’s dance of death has style but lacks substance
Jay Capperauld’s macabre new work – Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death – is full of orchestral colour but felt unresolved. The premiere was preceded by serene performances of Wagner and Ives

Rowena Smith

12, Nov, 2021 @1:44 PM

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The Sixteen/Britten Sinfonia review – MacMillan's mysticism misses its mark
There was impeccable singing and playing, but James MacMillan’s substantial new works disappointed

Erica Jeal

16, Oct, 2019 @10:01 AM

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The best classical music works of the 21st century
Over the coming week, the Guardian will select the greatest culture since 2000, carefully compiled by critics and editors. We begin with a countdown of defining classical music compositions, from X-rated opera to high-tech string quartets

Andrew Clements, Fiona Maddocks. John Lewis, Kate Molleson, Tom Service, Erica Jeal and Tim Ashley

12, Sep, 2019 @4:20 PM

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SCO/Christophers review – premiere of James MacMillan's ecstatic Fifth Symphony
The latest symphony from the pre-eminent Scottish composer, a meditation on the Holy Spirit featuring a striking 20-voice motet, received a rapturous response

Rowena Smith

20, Aug, 2019 @8:54 AM

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LSO/Noseda/Bostridge review – musical forces fire up James MacMillan war premiere
The National Youth Brass Band added poignancy to MacMillan’s new oratorio, set to words by Charles Hamilton Sorley, who died in the first world war

Erica Jeal

05, Nov, 2018 @3:36 PM

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The week in classical: the Cumnock Tryst; RSNO/ Søndergård review – all-star Scots
Brass band, international stars and local singers joined forces to magnificent effect at James MacMillan’s fifth Ayrshire festival

Fiona Maddocks

13, Oct, 2018 @1:00 PM

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BBC Proms 20, 21 & 23 review – MacMillan, Handel and plenty of Brexit
James MacMillan’s dark new requiem vied with Euro-gloom and Handel’s frogs in a stormy week at the Proms

Stephen Pritchard

06, Aug, 2017 @7:00 AM

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James MacMillan: Stabat mater CD review – profoundly moving
The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia/Christophers

Stephen Pritchard

12, Mar, 2017 @7:10 AM

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Manze review – MacMillan's doleful hunting trip
Soloist Alec Frank-Gemmill gave a terrifically controlled and dramatic performance of James MacMillan’s new Concertino for Horn and Strings

Kate Molleson

06, Mar, 2017 @4:29 PM

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The Winter’s Tale and James MacMillan: this week’s best UK classical concerts
Rory Kinnear makes his operatic debut as a director, while the Scottish composer premieres a work for the SCO. Plus: Grand Pianola Music and Xenakis Day

Andrew Clements

24, Feb, 2017 @11:30 AM

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MacMillan choral day review – an angry and affecting Stabat Mater
Barbican, London
Harry Christophers’ Sixteen and the Britten Sinfonia gave the world premiere of MacMillan’s powerful and haunting new choral work

Erica Jeal

17, Oct, 2016 @11:17 AM

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Resonate: the great British symphonic revival
A new fund will encourage orchestras to programme the best works by British composers of the past 25 years. Gillian Moore MBE selects the pieces that deserve to be heard again

Gillian Moore

13, Jul, 2016 @4:19 PM

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