James MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross - Britten Sinfonia

James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross

Reviews from our Easter performances in Birmingham, Cambridge and London of James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross conducted by Eamonn Dougan

The Times

"Singing without blemish; playing that leapt straight from the heart: here was a sterling performance of a work that cries out to people of any faith or none."

The Guardian

"The fifth movement, “I thirst”, featured parched tremolos in the strings and rattlesnake whispers from the choir; the sixth, “It is finished”, had nail-hammering string chords that made one flinch. The final movement ended in darkness, with the sound of expiring breaths."


"If only more concerts had the confidence to plumb such unfathomable depths"

Cambridge News

"Orchestra and chorus, with Eamonn Dougan again conducting, gave a superlative account of MacMillan's devout composition, from its opening dynamic, surging passages of cascading strings, reminiscent of Shostakovich, through intervals of tender lyricism and sonorous reflection to its concluding pin-dropping quietude."

Birmingham Post

"Individual lines were sharply etched, those crucial viola ones bitingly vivid, and ensemble was razor-sharp."