James MacMillan's glorious setting of Psalm 50 (51)or The Miserere as it's more often called was commissioned by the Flanders Festival Antwerp for the 2009 Laus Polyphoniae Festival and received its first performance at a concert given in the Carolus-Borromeuskerk, Antwerp, by The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers. It's an eight part setting and while it does make some allusions to Allegri's setting its scope is far far greater than that of Allegri's work. The more I hear it the more I like it and I can't make up my mind what aspect of the work I like and admire more. Whether it's the opening homophony for the lower voices or the way in which MacMillan contrasts that homophony with the lengthy improvisatio or how he uses the chant or the magnificent climax I find all of them stunningly good. I hope you'll enjoy listening as much as I do.