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Conducted by Christopher Bell, the National Youth Choir of Scotland is joined by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for the premiere recording of Cantos Sagrados in the orchestral version. One of Sir James MacMillan’s most powerful works, it is timeless and contemporary, sacred and secular.
This release also features works by Whitacre, Musgrave, Ešenvalds, Tippet and Biebl with intense and passionate music ideally suited to the National Youth Choir of Scotland. With themes of love and death, many of these tracks, comedic in places, are favourites of the choir from over the years.
In this centenary year of the end of the First World War, experience Ken Johnston and Jim Maxwell’s powerful cantata All Those Men Who Marched Away.
The suite of six songs tells the tales of the troops from their early optimism and hopes of being home for Christmas to the remembrance of the fallen soldiers.
This recording features: NYCOS National Boys Choir, Christopher Bell (conductor), Stuart Hope (piano) & Jamie MacDougall (narrator).
Tracklist (includes versions of each track with and without narration)
The partnership of great melody and strong words makes songs very memorable, and the idea of learning and absorbing important aspects of history through song is a powerful one.
In this short cantata, I Landed with Seven Men, five Scots songs associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite rebellion are placed in their historical context with short narrations.
These well known songs can be performed in any combination in their own right, with new arrangements by Ken Johnston, or performed as a whole with narration to make a 20-minute concert piece.
Johnnie Cope is a brand new setting, and the other four pieces use the recognised traditional tunes.
Arranged for unison voices with optional 2nd part. Piano part not included.
An accompaniment CD is available separately from NYCoS. An orchestrated version is available to hire.
Arranged for unison voices with optional 2nd part and piano. A CD of the accompaniment is included.