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Bring us, O Lord

2009; SATB; in memoriam Lydia Corfe Press
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MacMillan’s treatment of Bring us, O Lord God is (for most of its length, at least) strikingly different from Harris’s, less beatific and more unsettling: the opening attempts hesitantly to get past the opening words ‘Bring us’, and the unstable harmonic language suggests awe in the face of the mystery of life after death. These doubts are cast aside dramatically at the piece’s climax as the choir declaims ‘but one equal eternity in the habitations of thy glory and dominion’. The sense of quiet mystery then returns in the final repeated ‘amen’ (one of several points in the piece where the opening musical gesture is recalled), but at the last chord an unexpected beam of sublime light shines. MacMillan’s setting was commissioned by Schola Cantorum of Oxford in memory of Lydia Corfe Press, a member of the choir.

from notes by Owen Rees © 2016


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


Track 8 on SIGCD475 [5'38] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD475 track 8

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 8
    Release date: March 2017
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