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Lazarus Requiem - Patrick Hawes

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 48Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012


Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Patrick Hawes

Rachel Lloyd

mezzo-soprano (Martha)

Elin Manahan Thomas

soprano (Mary)

Thomas Walker

tenor (Christ)

Exeter Philharmonic & Cathedral Choirs


RSNO Centre

17th & 18th Jan 2012

Exeter Cathedral

31st Jan & 1st Feb 2012


Alexander van Ingen


Andrew Mellor

Record Label


Vocal & Song

Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 59:43
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Lazarus Requiem

1 Elegy for Lazarus 5:47
2 Tablaeu 1 3:02
3 Requiem Aeternam 4:45
4 Tableau 2 3:07
5 Kyrie 2:46
6 Tableau 3 4:28
7 O Domine Jesu Christe 5:14
8 Tableau 4 7:42
9 Sanctus 2:41
10 Benedictus 4:11
11 Tableau 5 2:40
12 Agnus Dei 3:44
13 Tableau 6 4:34
14 Lux Aeterna 5:02

Patrick Hawes: Lazarus Requiem – Thomas Walker, Elin Manahan Thomas, Rachael Lloyd, Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Exeter Cathedral Choir, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Patrick Hawes

Patrick Hawes returns to Signum with the premiere recording of his Lazarus Requiem, for Choir, Orchestra, and Soloists. Blending the liturgical text of the Requiem Mass with the story of Lazarus from the New Testament, the composer has composed a work in which ‘the mystery of life and death, the pain of grief, and the hope of a risen life are held in taut symmetry’.

The work begins with an orchestral ‘Elegy for Lazarus’. This depicts the dying man and sets the scene for the first tableau in which we are informed that ‘a certain man was ill’. Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, send for Jesus and the drama of the miracle unfolds.

The compositions of Hawes, a former Classic FM composer in residence, have a unique depth and sentiment that appeal to many different listeners. Previous discs on Signum include Song of Songs (SIGCD162) and Fair Albion (SIGCD178), the latter featuring Julian Lloyd Webber.

"...The music is an attractive example of what we’ve come to expect these days from England’s sacred choral composers.... The loveliest instrumental bits go to the oboe. Major crescendos capitalize on the brass, ... The story-telling is handled by young, lyrical voices that are easy on the ear; and the spirit of John Rutter is never far off... I confess I do enjoy such music, especially when it is performed as well and recorded as generously  as it is here. I admire the tenor, Thomas Walker. There’s honey in the voice ... There’s a ring to the sound that makes him memorable..."

Edward Greenfield - American Record Guide - January/February 2013

"...The choral singing is excellent. Not long ago I heard the Exeter Cathedral Choir on a very good disc of Psalm settings (review). They’re on good form here also, delivering the semi chorus part very well. This must have been a major assignment for the Exeter Philharmonic Choir and they acquit themselves very well indeed. Their singing is consistently assured, full toned and sensitive and they provide an excellent advertisement for the quality of amateur British choral societies...I can well imagine the Lazarus Requiem becoming popular with choral societies and with their audiences for it is an attractive, sincere and thoughtful piece. This very good first recording should bring it to the attention of a wider audience.
John Quinn - - 24 August 2012

"...the young Scottish artist’s [Thomas Walker] glorious, youthful and effortless tenor rings out with utter conviction and real musical presence... the Exeter Philharmonic Choir is equally committed, well supported by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra..." ***

Paul Cutts - Choir & Organ magazine - September/October 2012

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