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James MacMillan: Stabat mater. Album by The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia

James MacMillan: Stabat mater. Album by The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia

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The world premiere recording of James MacMillan's Stabat mater (Please note, this is not a recording of the Sistine Chapel performance).

Diapason d’Or de l’Année - Musique Chorale 

Gramophone Recording of the Month - Click to read the full review

Album description

Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of Sir James MacMillan, and performances of his new Stabat mater received rave reviews. The Sixteen gave the world premiere of this work at a series of concerts in October 2016 as well as recording the work for their own record label, CORO. For MacMillan, 'beauty is at the heart of our Christian faith' and the Stabat mater is sure to be profoundly shaped by his beliefs. But this is a work with deep roots and a universal message, a celebration of both tradition and radical renewal.

James MacMillan’s Stabat mater was commissioned by the Genesis Foundation for Harry Christophers and The Sixteen and is dedicated to John Studzinski.


The Sixteen
Britten Sinfonia
Harry Christophers

Behind-the-Scenes video

Track Listing

1. Stabat mater (plainsong)

James MacMillan (b.1959)
Stabat mater
2. Stabat mater dolorosa
3. Quis non posset contristari
4. Sancta Mater, istud agas
5. Fac, ut portem Christi mortem