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Fair Albion: Visions Of England

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Prague Symphony Orchestra


Christian Forshaw


David Stout

baritone

Julian Lloyd-Webber

cello

Claire Jones

harp

Patrick Hawes

piano

Elin Manahan Thomas

soprano

Elin Manahan Thomas

soprano

The Duke Quartet


The Raven Quartet


The Brno Chamber Orchestra & Chamber Choir


The Sanctuary Ensemble


The Brno Chamber Orchestra



Venue:

St Michaels Church, Highgate, London


The Music Room, Champs Hill, Sussex

28 Jul 2009

Besedni Dum, Brno, Czech Republic

29th Mar 2008

Air-Edel Studios, 18 Rodmarton Street, London

4 Jun 2009

Smecky Studios, Prague

Mar 2002

Angel Studios, London

Nov 2005

Integra Studios, Sandy

Sept 2006

Producer:

Alexander van Ingen


Stephen Cole


Richard Sutcliffe & Christian Forshaw


John Boughtwood & Chris Craker


Trevor Jenkins



Engineer:

John Timperley


Alexander van Ingen


Nick Taylor


Ricdhard Sutcliffe & Christian Forshaw


Jaroslav Zouhar



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Chamber


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 60:22
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PATRICK HAWES

1 

The Call

2:32
 Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
2 

Reflexionem

3:47
 Julian Lloyd-Webber cello
 Claire Jones harp
3 

Ascension

3:10
4 

Fair Albion

4:15
5 

A Birthday

3:03
 Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
 Claire Jones harp
 

Three Broadland Piano Preludes

 
6 Ranworth 3:23
7 Fenside 3:30
8 Remembrance 3:33
 Patrick Hawes piano
9 

Requiem Aeernam

4:51
  from the Lazarus Requiem  
10 

Gloriette

6:28
 Julian Lloyd-Webber cello
 Patrick Hawes piano
11 

How Hill

5:04
 Claire Jones harp
12 

Cantate Domino

4:02
 Christian Forshaw
13 

After the Rain

3:02
 Patrick Hawes piano
14 

The Darkling Thrust

5:08
 David Stout baritone
 Patrick Hawes piano
15 

Quanta Qualia

4:34
   


In recent years, Patrick Hawes has emerged as one of the country’s most popular and inspirational composers. Born in Lincolnshire, he studied music as an organ scholar at Durham University, and soon went on to make an impact in the world of choral music. April 2009 saw the release of Patrick’s latest album Song of Songs which was made CD of the week on Classic FM.


“The inspiration for my music stems from three essential areas my Creator, my loved ones and my country. Being English opens the door to a wonderfully rich heritage, a fascinating history, beautiful architecture and stunning landscapes and seascapes. The pieces on this album are all visions of England in that they are either aim to portray a certain building or scene, or else they speak of a more general reverence for the country and its heritage”   Patrick Hawes

"A collection of new works from Patrick Hawes that are poignant and heartfelt."

Pwyll ap Sion

Gramophone - March 2010

"Patrick Hawes is rather like the Piers Gough of British classical composers, firmly adhering to the tried and trusted values of an earlier era, notably the Anglican church and English landscape celebrated in these 15 pieces. Not that he’s devoid of surprise: the soprano vocal of "Cantate Domino" is set to organ and baritone sax, a curious but effective contrast, while the sawing strings of The Raven Quartet on "Ascension" have just a hint of minimalism about them. But the sun-dappled contentment of his "Three Broadland Piano Preludes" and the tender, bosky pastoralism of "Fair Albion" itself are much more indicative of his leanings."

The Independent

"Patrick Hawes has carved out a niche as a contemporary composer who writes melodic, atmospheric and, frankly, beautiful music. During his period as Composer in Residence at Classic FM he attracted a large following, a following that ensured remarkable sales for his 2007 album “Towards the Light”. Earlier this year, “Song of Songs” was released, again to great acclaim and considerable air-time on Classic FM. It also featured for the first time the soprano voice of Elin Manahan Thomas in Hawes’s music – a match made in heaven which is repeated on this new album, “Visions of England”. Hawes has written of this new collection of his music for a variety of different ensembles and instrumentalists that “The inspiration for my music stems from three essential areas – my Creator, my loved ones, and my country.”     *****


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