Stabat Mater with The Sixteen

Reviews from the world premiere performances of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater with The Sixteen.

The Times

"an overwhelming world premiere"

Arts Desk

"Throughout the many wrenching contrasts there's always a focused emotional thread"

Classical Source

"MacMillan’s Stabat Mater is a sustained exploration of sorrow that has unlocked some of his most powerfully moving and bittersweet writing"

The Guardian

"While passages of the choral writing are undeniably beautiful, often MacMillan’s response to the text involves something spikier, perhaps onomatopoeic"

The Financial Times

"This grief-wracked Stabat Mater is no easy listen, but then MacMillan clearly did not mean it so."

The Tablet

"Macmillan has given universal expression to the despair of a mother in mourning in a work noble and solemn for our times."