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MacMillan: The World's Ransoming, The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

    1. The World's Ransoming
    2. The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
  • Catalogue Number LSO0124
    UPC 822231112426

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineers

    Recorded September 2003, Barbican, London (The World's Ransoming)
    Recorded February and March 2007, Barbican, London (The Confession of Isobel Gowdie)

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch

  • *** ‘Virtuosic performances by the London Symphony Orchestra’ Financial Times

    'Sir Colin Davis brings this music into such vivid focus ... readings of truly visionary intensity. Stunning recorded sound.'
    International Record Review

    'If you have yet to sample anything by MacMillan, either of these pieces will serve as a very good introduction ... premium performances at a bargain price.' ClassicalSource.com

    ‘Feverishly passionate and dramatically intense…. the orchestra's technical and interpretative intelligence remain unquestionable. This music is extraordinary, as challenging as it is ostensibly accessible, and the LSO's superb performances make this disc absolutely indispensable, especially at such a reasonable price’ MusicOMH.com

    ‘A useful addition to the LSO Live series’ Gramophone

£5.99

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra


The Confession of Isobel Gowdie confirmed Scottish composer James MacMillan as a major talent in 1990. Its inspiration – the brutal execution of a 17th-century 'witch’ – brought from him a score of enormous energy and compassion. Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, The World’s Ransoming is a reflection on the liturgies of Maundy Thursday.


Composer   MacMillan
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra
Soloist   Christine Pendrill

Track list
1. The World's Ransoming
2. The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

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