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James MacMillan: Stabat Mater - Ben Davies (bass); Daniel Collins (alto); Emma Walshe (soprano); George Pooley (tenor); Jeremy Budd (tenor);...
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  2. Stabat mater, for soloists, chorus & orchestra
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This new setting of the Stabat mater was commissioned by The Sixteen, whose director, Harry Christophers, contributes an enthusiastic booklet essay in which he numbers Scottish composer James MacMillan among "a trio of truly great composers of sacred music," the other two being Victoria and Poulenc. This will certainly come as news to Bach lovers, but the performance benefits from sheer commitment. You might think that MacMillan in full, high-drama string orchestra mode wouldn't fit the smooth Sixteen, but it all works. ...