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Performer: Gregory Batsleer

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Sir James MacMillan’s 60th Astonishing Birthday Concert

Sir James MacMillan © Hansvander Woerd

Sir James MacMillan’s 60th Birthday Concert with SCO and Chorus rediscovers two major seminal works: the dramatic Veni, Veni, Emannuel with Colin Currie and the intense Seven Last Words from the Cross.

*****
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Prom 72: A reflective War Requiem from the RSNO

Peter Oundjian © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Britten's profoundly pacifist work is given a calm reading by Peter Oundjian and the RSNO: soprano Erin Wall, the RSNO Junior Chorus and the wind players provide the high spots of the evening.
***11
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Handel’s Solomon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Maarten Engeltjes © Harrison Parrott
Despite the longueurs of the piece, this performance of Solomon was pretty much perfect. 
****1
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Ancient and Modern Christmas icons

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh © Carlos Delgado, Wikicommons
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with pieces by Tavener, MacMillan and Lauridsen contrast with Byrd and Dowland in a thoughtful and moving performance of Christmas musical icons from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus.
****1
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus: Poulenc and Bach

I've never really hit it off with Poulenc's Quatre motets pour un temps de pénitence (1938-9). This has been both a disappointment and a surprise as I am a fan not only of choral music, but also of Poulenc.
***11
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