JAMES MACMIL­LAN: THE WORLD’S RAN­SOM­ING; THE CON­FES­SION OF ISO­BEL GOWDIE

Chris­tine Pen­drill (cor anglais), Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra/ Colin Davis LSO Live LSO 0124

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

This Lon­don Sym­phony Orches­tra CD, recorded live at the Bar­bican in Lon­don, cou­ples James MacMil­lan’s 1990 Proms suc­cess, The Con­fes­sion of Iso­bel Gowdie (in­spired by the fate of a Scot­tish Catholic witch), with his later The World’s Ran­som­ing for cor anglais and orches­tra (Pas­sion mu­sic fo­cus­ing on Maundy Thurs­day). MacMil­lan is a sur­veyor and syn­the­siser rather than an in­no­va­tor, and the ten­sions and con­flicts of his mu­sic are as gras­pable as the pas­sion­ate es­pousals of his sources of in­spi­ra­tion – his non-pro­gram­matic style of overt­ness has been de­scribed as lurid. Colin Davis con­ducts with a sure sense of tra­jec­tory, and the slightly op­pres­sive acous­tic of the record­ings adds ex­pres­sive weight. lso.co.uk

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