Gramophone Magazine August 2013 Editor's Choice
Westminster Cathedral Choir returns to acclaimed Scottish composer James MacMillan, whose powerful, passionate and luminous music has made him one of the best-loved choral composers of today.
Included on this recording is a dramatic setting of the Tenebrae Responsories, a spiritually engaging and emotionally involving work which relates back in its searing intensity and some of its choral effects to Seven Last Words from the Cross (1993) (recorded on Hyperion CDA67460), one of MacMillan’s seminal earlier works.
The choir is joined by London Brass for jubilant settings of Tu es Petrus, Summae Trinitati and Ecce sacerdos magnus.
MacMillan creates a magnificent effusion of sound, over which the trebles of the Westminster Cathedral Choir soar dramatically...[the Edinburgh Te Deum] is particularly valuable, further attesting to MacMillan's reputation as one of the finest living composers of ecclesiastical music. Martin Baker's direction is masterly. BBC ****
The combination of Westminster Cathedral Choir and MacMillan is irresistable. We are drawn immediately into their complicity by the jaw-dropping Tu es Petrus...inevitably the sound of the Westminster choristers adds something unique and the building's response buoys up MacMillan's arching lines. Gramophone
It's hard not to be impressed by the committed and well-disciplined singing of the Westminster Cathedral Choir, particularly its boys, who negotiate MacMillan's difficult melismatic writing and unintuitive harmonies with confidence...The London Brass players are no less enthusiastic, and yet refined. Int. Record Review
This is a splendid disc. The music... is compelling and full of interest. The performances by Martin Baker and his extremely fine choir strike me as well-nigh definitive...This is a disc that shows yet again that James MacMillan is one of the most articulate and compelling of contemporary composers. MusicWeb