Arvo Pärt
La Sindone

Benjamin Britten
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op 20

James MacMillan
Symphony No. 5 Le grand Inconnu


Andrea Lawren Brown (soprano)
Kim Porter (alto)
Danila Frantou (tenor)
Alvar Tiisler (bass)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Vox Clamantis
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO)


In November, Scottish composer and conductor James MacMillan will come to Estonia. Last year, he ranked 10th on the list of most performed living composers on Bachtrack. The concert programme was put together with the season of All Souls in mind. In addition to his own fifth symphony, MacMillan has selected works by Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten for the ERSO concert programme.

MacMillan’s sound is influenced by his Scottish heritage, his Catholicism, his social sensitivity, and his close connection with Celtic folk music. Similar to Pärt, religion plays an important role in MacMillan’s work. In his fifth symphony, subtitled Le grand Inconnu, his music attempts to explore the mystery of the Holy Spirit. In the choral part of the work, Macmillan has used sacral texts in English, Latin, Ancient Greek, and Hebrew, which will be presented at this concert by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Vox Clamantis.


Concert organiser: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra