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Since it was the day of preparation CD
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"A spellbinding experience." (Choir & Organ, five stars).
Co-commissioned by SDG, James MacMillan's extraordinary setting of the Resurrection narrative, Since it was the day of preparation, has already garnered accolades from Choir & Organ Magazine, BBC Music Magazine, BBE Radio 3 Record Review, Presto Classical, MusicWeb International, and Gramophone.
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Hebrides Ensemble (cello, clarinet, horn, harp, and theorbo)
Brindley Sherratt, bass
Based on a biblical text seldom explored in music, Sir James MacMillan's work begins the resurrection story with the sentence in The Gospel of John that follows Jesus's dramatic words, "It is finished." Writing for intentionally spare musical forces—a small chamber ensemble, a pristine quartet, and one soloist—MacMillan has created a dramatic yet intimate work to reflect the mystery of the greatest story ever told. This musical depiction captures despair and sacrifice, and ultimately celebration. Blending the feel of ancient plainchant with the contemporary, Since it was the day of preparation is a startlingly beautiful work.
From its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival to its U.S. premiere at St. Bartholomew’s in New York, Since it was the day of preparation has been lauded as impressive and one of MacMillan's best. Named by Gramophone Magazine as an "Editor's Choice," this CD is certain to become a classic for all who value sacred music.
"Wonderfully committed recording ... already feels like a modern masterpiece."—BBC Music Magazine (five stars)
"A highly impressive work ... imaginative and inventive."—MusicWeb International
"By turns intimate and dramatic ... an incredible piece ... destined to become one of MacMillan's most performed works."—Presto Classical
"Extraordinary ... spare, intimate, startlingly beautiful."—BBC Radio 3 Record Review
Since it was the day of preparation is recorded by the Hebrides Ensemble, one of the foremost chamber music collectives in the UK, and Synergy Vocals, who have been described as “breathtakingly energetic and fiercely controlled” (The Telegraph, UK). They are joined by bass Brindley Sherratt, who sings the role of Christ. Sherratt is well-known for his operatic performances from the Metropolitan Opera, to Covent Garden, and recently in his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
When these select musicians performed the world premiere of the work at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, the response was extraordinary: “Wonderfully rich" (The Times, UK); "Broad, blazing and stunning" (The Herald, UK).