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Two works in which the numinous rubs shoulders with outbursts of high-decibel grandstanding
The composer’s grief-wracked piece was the main event in a day-long programme
Elizabethan and new works were given an arresting vocal performance at the Tower of London chapel
The UK premiere of James MacMillan’s ‘Woman of the Apocalypse’ was an exhilarating experience
The contemporary music festival opened with an evening captivating, promising premieres
A bite-sized lunchtime string quartet, followed by high-octane rhythmic exuberance
Nicholas Daniel makes the most of the virtuoso opportunities of the Scottish composer’s concerto
The live recording shows the music is good at portraying the extremes of almighty power and frail piety
Inspiring a hushed awe similar to that of Bach’s Passions, this was music of devotional sincerity
Many – but not all – of Scotland’s biggest artistic names have come out in favour of independence
James MacMillan’s new Viola Concerto is a genuinely popular piece of music that displays consistency and sheer beauty
A concert of works by composers who fought in the first world war offers some tantalising ‘what ifs’
Album profiles the Scottish composer’s gift for mimicking and mulching English choral tradition
The orchestra’s 20th anniversary concert grew in size to the point where more definitely meant less
James MacMillan’s composition comprises a litany of Biblical narrative interspersed with instrumental solos
A deserved hit which gives the lie to the argument that percussion concertos are dependent on visual impact
As Scottish Opera turns 50, what does the future hold for the company?
Criticism of percussion as ‘crash bang wallop’ is laughable, says Colin Currie, one of the leaders of a new wave
A setting of Psalm 51 in Latin that has the flavour of a spiritual journey
Two programmes point to a Channel 4 energised by the cauterisation of ‘Big Brother’, with promise of a return to a mission to educate and agitate
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