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DISC: 1

1. Vol1: MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Sinfonia 1
2. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Chorus 1
3. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Aria 1
4. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Tableau 1
5. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Aria 2
6. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Chorus 2
7. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Sinfonia 2 Vol.2: MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Sinfonia 3
8. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Chorus 3
9. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Aria 3
10. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Tableau 2
11. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Aria 4
12. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Chorus 4
13. MacMilllan: Christmas Oratorio - Sinfonia 4

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This recording captures the UK premiere performance of James MacMillan's Christmas Oratorio at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, performed and recorded in the presence of the composer. The world premiere of the work was given by the Dutch Radio Philharmonic and Choir in Amsterdam in January 2021. The LPO was due to give the world premiere of the work however, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the performance came on December 4 2021, a year later than planned. Composed in 2019, this work reflects MacMillan's Scottish roots and Catholic faith, embracing a Scots Gaelic lullaby, English poetry, Latin texts and Bible passages recounting the Nativity. The work, commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, is split into two parts with seven movements each. Both parts start and finish with short orchestral movements, creating a palindromic structure. Soprano Lucy Crowe and baritone Roderick Williams shine in this performance, both performing two arias each and singing with the London Philharmonic Choir in the Tableaux.