‘Works for chamber orchestra with soloists’ is the third album in the James MacMillan series. This album is devoted to works for chamber orchestra with soloist that James MacMillan composed himself. The soloist who play on this album are violist Linus Roth, cellist Julius Berger and clarinettist Lars Wouters. The music on this album reflects both James Macmillan’s his spiritual and his social engagement. These two aspects come togheter and compliment each other.
James MacMillan is a classical componist and conducter from Scotland. After different studies in Edingburgh and Manchester he returned to Scotland and soon became the house composer of the Scottisch Chamber Orchestra. Because of this job he came in contact with the BBC Scottisch Symphony Orchestra and the BCC Philharmonic. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music.
Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic
The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is an orchestra that was dissolved in 2013 due to budget cuts. The orchestra was seen as one of the most adventerous and many-sided ochestras from the Nehterlands. They played a wide and varied music and gave performances in different settings such as baroque formation to ensembles for contemporary music. A few of the conducters this orchestra had where Michael Schønwandt, Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe and of course James MacMillan.
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