Into this World the Day did come
Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
[MacRae] has produced a slow, mysterious piece that I found most attractive. ...It’s not easy to assemble a Christmas programme from relatively unfamiliar music, but this Delphian release does it nicely. Carols by eminent contemporary composers such as Diana Burrell (‘Creator of the Stars of Night’), Judith Bingham (three carols) Howard Skempton (two including the title track) are juxtaposed with works from the Medieval period. There are many highlights, but William Sweeney’s Scots dialect setting ‘The Innumerable Christ’ stands out for its daring other-worldliness, as do Stuart MacRae’s bold re-imagining of ‘Adam lay y-bounden’ (its use of period pronunciation revivifying an over-familiar text), and the lilting soprano duet ‘Edil beo thu’, whose Marian sentiments joyfully vault across eight centuries. John Fallas’s outstanding booklet essay is a bonus.
Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine, 12/1/2009
This is one of the most original and enterprising Christmas discs to have come my way in a long time. Intelligently planned and superbly executed it can be recommended most warmly to all choral music collectors who have an enquiring ear.
John Quinn, Musicweb International, 12/1/2009