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Bach & MacMillan: Motets & Sacred Songs

Bach & MacMillan: Motets & Sacred Songs

Tenebrae bring their trademark passion and precision to this live performance of music by J. S. Bach and Sir James MacMillan, recorded at Snape Maltings in May 2023. Renowned for their technical difficulty, Bach’s motets are pillars of the choral repertoire, requiring minute attention to detail as well as a full emotional range. Here, Tenebrae performs the three most well-known of the set, culminating in the joyful Singet dem Herrn. Like Bach, Sir James MacMillan has written much of his music for the church, and his settings of the Tenebrae responsories paint a vivid picture of the events of Holy Week. This album also features the premiere recording of I saw Eternity the other night, which MacMillan composed for Tenebrae in 2021 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the London Bach Society.

A compelling demonstration of cohesiveness and harmonic depth… Magical performances…” – The Times

  • Release Date: 06 October 2023
  • Record Label: Signum Classics
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD773
  • Location of Recording: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, UK
  • Total Running Time: 1:19:32
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1Komm, Jesu, kommJ.S. Bach08:23£ Listen
2Tenebrae Responsories I - Tenebrae factae suntJames MacMillan05:48£ Listen
3Jesu, meine FreudeJ.S. Bach20:13£ Listen
4MiserereJames MacMillan12:10£ Listen
5Tenebrae Responsories II - Tradiderunt meJames MacMillan05:42£ Listen
6Tenebrae Responsories III - Jesum tradidit impiusJames MacMillan08:23£ Listen
7I saw Eternity the other nightJames MacMillan06:23£ Listen
8Singet dem HerrnJ.S. Bach12:25£ Listen