Cappella Nova - MacMillan: Consecration - BBC Music Magazine

In this fine recording, the fourth instalment of Capella Nova’s acclaimed James MacMillan series, the Scottish-based choir once more brings a rare beauty and depth of sound to MacMillan’s radiant music.

At the album’s heart are the five Culham Motets, composed in 2015 for the consecration of the Chapel of Christ the Redeemer at Culham Court. The motets range from the mystic profundity of ‘Lift high the ancient portals’ to the joyous proclamations of ‘See the place where God lives’. Previously unrecorded, the cycle makes for a satisfying whole, and here receives a compelling and committed reading.

BBC Music Magazine
01 January 2022