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James MacMillan: Symphony No. 5 'Le gran Inconnu'; The Sun Danced - Ben Davies (bass); Julie Cooper (soprano); Kim Porter (alto); Mark Dobell (tenor); Mary Bevan (soprano);...
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  1. The Sun Danced, for soprano, chorus & orchestra
  2. Symphony No. 5, for chorus & orchestra ("Le grand Inconnu")
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Rapturous reports have been coming out of Britain about James MacMillan's Symphony No. 5: Le grand inconnu, or The Great Unknown. The reports are true. This is a sacred choral symphony unlike anything that has been heard for many years, and it is of great interest to listeners of any spiritual outlook. MacMillan's sacred music has mostly had a personal and devotional tinge, but the Symphony No. 5 is something else entirely: a sprawling, sonically vast work embodying, as the title suggests, the most abstract of Christian ...