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Hawes: Revelation, Beatitudes & Quantia Qualia / Edison, Elora Singers


Release Date: 02/10/2017 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573720  
Composer:  Patrick Hawes
Performer:  Leslie De'AthJohn Johnson
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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Patrick Hawes has emerged in recent years as one of England's most popular and inspirational choral composers. "The nine pieces that form Revelation are the result of my deep love of the Book of Revalation and its powerful imagery. Where else do you get thunder, lightning and demons as well as a gentle lamb? Another of my favorite New Testament texts is the Beatitudes from St. Matthew's Gospel - these are quite simply, some of Christ's most comforting and beautiful words." Quanta Qualia had such a profound impact on the audience at the 2015
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Works on This Recording

1.
Revelation by Patrick Hawes
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Singers
2.
Beatitudes by Patrick Hawes
Performer:  Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Singers
3.
The Word by Patrick Hawes
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Singers
4.
Peace Beyond Thought by Patrick Hawes
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Singers
5.
Let Us Love by Patrick Hawes
Performer:  Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Singers
6.
Edenham Eucharist: The Lord's Prayer by Patrick Hawes
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Singers
7.
Be Still by Patrick Hawes
Performer:  Leslie De'Ath (Piano)
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Singers
8.
Quanta Qualia by Patrick Hawes
Performer:  John Johnson (Saxophone)
Conductor:  Noel Edison
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Singers
Period: 20th Century 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Music of solace and contemplation February 15, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Every release from Noel Edison's Elora Singers is to be treasured; they're Canada's most accomplished choir. Their new Patrick Hawes disc shows the 22 voice group in fine form, obviously lifted up by the very fine music of British composer Patrick Hawes. Nearly all of the music on this well-filled disc is brand new: the major works Revelation and Beatitudes, and five smaller but no less impressive pieces. All of these are world recording premieres. There's a bonus piece as well, one which I expect will end up on virtually every Hawes choral disc in the future: the sublime Quanta Qualia from 2004, which has become Hawes' calling card, like Barber's Adagio or Villa-Lobos's Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5. Edison has chosen the arrangement Hawes made for Voces8 for their 2013 album Eventide, for choir and alto saxophone. This is music with varied and distinguished precursors, from the Tudor composers to Vaughan Williams, Geoffrey Burgon and Ennio Morricone. This ecstatic, soaring music is a fitting climax to a satisfying program of serious music which provides solace and enhances contemplation. It's well-timed to provide relief from the lunacy and danger the past few months have brought to the world. Besides the repertoire and the singing, there's another major plus here: the husband and wife production team of Norbert Kraft (who also engineers) and Bonnie Silver (who also edits) deliver a living, breathing choir without apparent artifice. And what a choir!" Report Abuse
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