Music for the Birthday of the Church

simonberryGuest Post: Simon Berry

Continuing their work with Scotland’s most prominent living composer, and lay Dominican, James MacMillan, O.P., the Schola Cantorum present the third of his Strathclyde Motets on Pentecost Sunday.

The Schola’s uniquely warm and graceful sound is well-suited to MacMillan’s creative persona and he has here presented them with something which tests not so much their collective virtuosity as their most profound musical instincts.

James MacMillan has always shown a flair for dramatic portrayals of spiritual conflict: light against dark, anxiety and despair against consolation. It is blazingly evident in these choral pieces, which conjure astonishing sounds and also at times a distinctly folk-like flavor. Technically they often pose huge demands, especially the slithering descents and chromatic shifts of Ascension Sunday’s motet.

Never forsaking the ancient in pursuit of the modern, the Schola Cantorum also present Monteverdi’s stunningMass In Four Voices and Victoria’s luminescent motet Dum Complerentur.

11:30 am Solemn Mass, every Sunday of the year.  See you there! 

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