MacMillan: The World's Ransoming, The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Catalogue Number LSO0124
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.’
'Sir Colin Davis brings this music into such vivid focus.'
International Record Review
‘A useful addition to the LSO Live series.’
'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.'
‘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.’
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.
|Sir Colin Davis
|London Symphony Orchestra
2. The Confession of Isobel Gowdie