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The Great Unknown

Recorded at the Edinburgh International Festival, James MacMillan premiers his 5th Symphony 'Le grand inconnu' with collaborators the SCO, Harry Christophers & The Sixteen.

To celebrate Sir James MacMillan’s 60th birthday year, long-time collaborator the Scottish Chamber Orchestra joins together with acclaimed vocal group The Sixteen, alumni of the youth chorus Genesis Sixteen and director Harry Christophers for the World Premiere of James MacMillan’s newly composed choral Fifth Symphony, which meditates on the mystery of the Holy Spirit. An earlier work by MacMillan opens the evening, his Second Symphony. Written twenty years ago, it is dedicated to writer and fellow Ayrshire man Andrew O’Hagan.

MacMillan: Symphony No 2*

Interval – Maxim Emelyanychev conducts the Nizhny Novgorod Soloists Chamber Orchestra in Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra, Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'

20.20 – Part 2
Macmillan: Symphony No.5 Le grand Inconnu - World Premiere**

Scottish Chamber Orchestra
The Sixteen & Genesis Sixteen
James MacMillan - conductor *
Harry Christophers - conductor **

Presenter: Donald MacLeod
Producer: Laura Metcalfe

Photo credit: Ryan Buchanan

2 hours, 28 minutes

Last on

Wed 18 Sep 2019 19:30

Music Played

  • Sir James MacMillan

    Symphony No 2

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on a theme by Haydn, Op 56a, 'St Anthony Variations'

    Orchestra: Nizhny Novgorod Soloists Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 & Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn.
    • Aparté.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Symphony No 5 'Le grand Inconnu'

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Choir: The Sixteen. Choir: Genesis Sixteen. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
  • Robert Schumann

    Humoreske, Op 20

    Performer: Emanuel Ax.
    • Newton Classics.
  • Dani Howard


    Ensemble: Mainly Two.
    • Live at Listenpony: Mainly Two.
    • Listenpony.
    • 5.
  • Edward Elgar

    Enigma Variations, Op 36 (1st mvt, Theme)

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Onyx.


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