James MacMillan - Raising Sparks

Saturday 1st March 2003
James MacMillan - Raising Sparks
James MacMillan - Raising Sparks

STYLE: Classical
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 6853-
LABEL: Black Box CD BBM
FORMAT: CD Album

Reviewed by Steven Whitehead

Your reviewer is an admirer of the work of James MacMillan. In other words, if I am not sent a copy of his latest recording I go and buy it. I am glad to have heard this collection but, after repeated listens, I am still unsure about it. The 33 minute title track is a setting of poems about creation and redemption written by Michael Symmons Roberts and hauntingly sung by the mezzo Jean Rigby. Perhaps it is me but it does not quite work. The rest of the collection is made up of piano pieces played by John York. We have the 1985 “Piano Sonata” and three lovely miniatures: “For Ian” (2000), “Birthday Present” (1999), and “Barncleup├ędie” (1990). As individual works all are worth hearing: as a collection the whole is not as good as the parts.

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