Eight new study scores covering James MacMillan’s four symphonies and a selection of his concertos have recently been released in the Hawkes Pocket Scores series, alongside Stravinsky’s recently rediscovered Funeral Song and works by Harrison Birtwistle, Unsuk Chin, Górecki, Magnus Lindberg, Steve Reich and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Symphony: ‘Vigil’ (1997), one of MacMillan’s most ambitious early works for full orchestra, was composed for the London Symphony Orchestra and Mstislav Rostropovich, and travels on a spiritual Easter journey from darkness to light. The smaller-scale Symphony No.2 (1999) for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra grew from images of wintry desolation, while Symphony No.3: ‘Silence’ (2002) was inspired by Shūsaku Endō’s novel about missionaries in Japan, recently made into a feature film by Martin Scorsese. The fourth and most recent symphony, juxtaposing musical worlds formed from ritualistic archetypes, was premièred at the BBC Proms in 2015 and recorded by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for Onyx Classics.
Scores have also been released for four MacMillan concertos, from the early Ninian for clarinet and orchestra celebrating one of the Scottish founding fathers, through to three works composed in the past decade. The Oboe Concerto (2009–10), Viola Concerto (2013) and Percussion Concerto No.2 (2014) were written for the talents of Nicholas Daniel, Lawrence Power and Colin Curri,e respectively, and have together attracted more than 60 performances to date.
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