3 Psalms 6/10

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Roxy Mu­sic’s sax man turns clas­si­cal com­poser

A labour of love, it has taken Mackay a quar­ter of a cen­tury to re­alise his vi­sion of scor­ing se­lec­tions from the Book Of Psalms – which he sang as a boy cho­ris­ter – for sym­phony or­ches­tra, choir, syn­the­sis­ers, gui­tar (played by old Roxy mate Phil Man­zan­era) and, of course, his own vir­tu­osic sax play­ing. With Harry Day-Lewis (nephew of Daniel) as the prin­ci­pal vo­cal­ist, the three pieces – two sonatas and a rondo – syn­the­sise in­flu­ences from Pur­cell to Stock­hausen via rock’n’roll and church li­turgy into an ex­tra­or­di­nary post-rock or­a­to­rio. Sound­ing more like Jan Gar­barek’s Of­fi­cium than “Vir­ginia Plain”, the re­sults are as im­pres­sive as they are un­ex­pected.

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