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Alpha & Omega

First line:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth
dedicated to Campbell Mcintyre

The dramatic opening of MacMillan’s Alpha and Omega, a series of monumental choral outbursts each of which ebbs away, evokes John’s vision of the ‘new Jerusalem’ and the passing away of the old created world. This music is recalled to conclude the motet, at the words ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end’. The divided upper voices of the choir usher in the central part of the piece with virtuosic coruscating scales, exuberantly introducing the lower voices’ solemn pronouncement, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man’.

from notes by Owen Rees © 2016


A New Heaven
Studio Master: SIGCD475Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on SIGCD475 [7'22] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD475 track 1

Recording date
6 January 2016
Recording venue
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
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  1. A New Heaven (SIGCD475)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: March 2017
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