New on the LPO label: Sir Mark Elder conducts the world premiere performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio, with soprano Lucy Crowe, baritone Roderick Williams and the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir. Recorded live in concert at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 4 December 2021. Release date November 2022. Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the generous support of The Boltini Trust, NTR Zaterdagmatinee, Radio 4’s concert series in The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
BBC Music Magazine Christmas Issue 2022
“The spiritual charge of MacMillan’s Oratorio is made palpable, its heady mix of wonder, trepidation and profound mystery stirringly captured. – 4 out of 5 stars
Gramophone Magazine February 2023
“It strikes me as uneven in places, though it is unquestionably a work of tremendous scope, and the best of it is extraordinarily moving.
The Times 2nd November 2022
“this oratorio seems exceptional in the directness of its musical language and ability to leave listeners of every stripe bathed in an uplifting glow…As for Elder, the orchestra and the superb LPO choir — all of them seem on fire, confident in attack, secure in the knowledge that MacMillan has written a masterpiece of uncommon and piercing power…the most rousing musical present currently on offer. – 5 out of 5 stars