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It was my interest in liberation theology which made me combine the poems of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina with the texts of the Latin mass in Busqueda (an earlier music theatre work) and has now led me to attempt a similar synthesis of ideas in Cantos sagrados.
The voices in Ariel Dorfman’s poems belong to those who suffer a particular type of political repression: the disappearance’ of political prisoners. Ana Maria Mendoza’s poem about the Virgin of Guadalupe tackles the same problem by asking a more fundamental cultural and historical question.
from notes by James MacMillan © 2020
This is not the first recording of Sir James MacMillan's 'Cantos sagrados', but with thumping accompaniment from the RSNO and the serried ranks of the NYCoS it must be one of the most dramatic. The programme also contains a new a cappella cycle by ...» More