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James MacMillan – Northern Skies (DXL 1115)

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Northern Skies presents the powerfully evocative works for Cello and Piano by celebrated composer, James Macmillan by cellist Henry Demarquette accompanied by Graham Scott on piano.

“Demarquette’s old Italian cello lends elegance to some distinguished material. He and his pianist also show, in seven exquisite miniatures, how well MacMillan composes for children” Nottingham Evening Post

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Product Description

James MacMillan’s music completely surpasses questions of language and aesthetics.  Often inspired by his celtic roots, he expresses a tribal violence using repetitive means reminiscent of Bartók.  His music can go from from shapeless, primitive, prehistoric rumbles to a metallic and futuristic sound atmosphere. The works recorded on this disk reflect the creation of a man whose religious, philosophical and political convictions are expressed by profound music, rooted in a strong culture, powerfully current, but incontestably universal.

Cellist Henri Demarquette first discovered the music of James MacMillan in 1998 when he heard the orchestral work, The Confession of Isobel Gowdie in Paris.  It was at that moment which became the inception of this beautiful collection of recordings for cello and piano.

MacMillan’s two sonatas for cello were written in 1998 and 2000 respectively and the collection of seven pieces for children ‘Northern Skies’ is a little jewel in all its simplicity.  ‘Kiss on Wood’ is a piece of religious inspiration, the wood carrying the kiss being that of the cross of Christ, where the choral beginning dissolves into a music of silence.

Track List:

Cello Sonata No. 1
1) Face
2) Image

3) Kiss On Wood

4) Cello Sonata No. 2

Northern Skies
5) March
6) Shifting Sands
7) Celtic Hymn
8) Barn Dance
9) Nocturne
10) Sabre Dance
11) Northern Skies

Additional Information

Henri Demarquette

Cello

Graham Scott

Piano

James Macmillan

Composer