Saturday, July 31, 2010

James MacMillan (with Rutter and Taverner)

I love James MacMillans orchestral music, all that crashing percussion and grinding brass, I am less familiar with his Church music, I thought the music he wrote for Arcbishop Nichols' installation was incredibly moving. He is writing music for the Papal Visit, I am looking forward to that.
I discovered this on BBC iPlayer, it is the last of the series Sacred Music, he appears along with Rutter and Taverner. Enjoy it, it is really is wonderful stuff.


Left-Footer said...

Can't get BBCiPlayer here, but the music is bound to be great.

Grateful BBC Licence Payer said...

Glad you enjoyed it Father, it certainly was an excellent series. I hope now that you appreciate why you are paying your BBC licence fee. This cerainly would not have been commissioned by a comerial TV station. At around £100 per year, the BBC really is such good value. BBC iPlayer is worth it by itself.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Yes, I enjoyed watching it on iPlayer.
Yet the BBC continually assaults faith, but especially morals, to co-operate in evil is sinful.

Stand up for the BBC said...

the BBC continually assaults faith...? Oh come on Father you're turning into one of those paranoid SSPX seeing conspiracy everywhere.

The BBC is substantially better than the other tv stations which have hardly any religious content, and don't forget the wonderful Radio 4 who we could not live without.
Why do you pick out the BBC for constant condemnation? Is it political? Would you rather have overtly right-wing political tv stations like Fox in America?

Pastor in Valle said...

Agreed: it was very good stuff.
So sad that James Macmillan's staff declined on his behalf the diocese of Arundel and Brighton's invitation to participate in the process to compose the diocesan Mass for its 50th anniversary.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Stand up ...
I have never seen any American television, so I can't compare, now I watch very little television but isn't the BBC planning to put the Pope on Trial?

Grateful BBC Licence TV Payer said...

Well Father, you might hardly ever watch tv but you certainly listen to Radio 4 as you have commented on such on this blog on many occasions. As I've said before, Radio 4 alone is worth the tv licence fee.

I would suggest that you do watch American TV especially Fox News which is widely regarded as being extremely politically partisan and low brow. If you wath Fox News, you will see why the BBC is necessary.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Stand up,
I think your second comment, which I have not published, is libel against the the Holy Father!

parepidemos said...

Father, I think that what makes James' music so powerful is that, it is not only able to be sung by a congregation, but he avoids the banal. Most significantly, he composes from a deep belief in the presence of God in Creation. I find it interesting that he once compared preparing to compose sacred music with preparing to paint an icon. I also find James to be a rather humble person.

Like you, I very much look forward to hearing his gift in honour of Pope Benedict's visit.

SurreyCatholic said...

Dear Grateful BBC Licence Payer:
I was intrigued by your first post, wherein you said that "around £100 a such good value". Last time I checked, the licence fee was £142.50. I think that you should, in all charity, disclose what discounts you have obtained and how we may do the same.
You give the impression of thinking that American TV, although often awful, could never be any good, no matter how hard it tried. True, Fox TV is often part of that 'awful', but at least you know where it stands. Compare that to the BBC's clever mix of opinion - usually left wing - with news. There is frequently a lack of balance which I dislike.
And before you ask, I am not American, but I am pro-American. That is not US-right-or-wrong pro-American. I don't, for example, like their president, their abuse of extradition treaties or their bullying of BP.
Fox TV is obviously right wing and makes no bones about it. The BBC, by contrast, has been left wing for years, a process which was ramped up greatly by the late government, yet the Beeb insists on its impartiality. I am only one of many people who consider that the facade is beginning to slip.