James MacMillan: Mass
Taylor Festival Choir — Robert Taylor, conductor
With this album, Delos offers lovely, skillfully rendered and ear-grabbing accounts of two very different and profoundly spiritual treatments of the Catholic Mass by Irish composer Michael McGlynn and the Scottish master Sir James MacMillan.
Both works reflect their creators’ strong Celtic roots. McGlynn’s Celtic Mass intersperses sections in Irish between the traditional Latin elements. Macmillan’s Mass sets the traditional movements in English, and adds other liturgical texts that make the work suitable for use as a stand-alone service.
Allegro io son
Bel Canto Arias
Tenor Lawrence Brownlee – overwhelmingly regarded as the world’s leading bel canto tenor – follows up his previous Grammy-nominated release on Delos (Virtuoso Rossini Arias) with this stirring and eagerly awaited new collection of opera arias by Gaetano Donizetti and Vincenzo Bellini.
Brownlee performs a rich and exciting mix of both tried and true favorites as well as less-often heard pieces. Familiar favorites are from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, La fille du régiment and L’elisir d’amore – as well as Bellini’s I Puritani. Lesser-known works featured are Donizetti’sRita, La Favorite, and Dom Sébastien.