PATRICK HAWES (b.1958): Song of Songs for Soprano, Chorus and Orchestra, Toccata for Organ, Chorus: Perfect Love, When Israel was a Child, The Lord's Prayer, O Lord Our Governor, The Vauday Part Songs.

Catalogue Number: 07L100

Label: Signum

Reference: SIGCD162

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: These genial and completely approachable, 'inspirational' works to texts mainly adapted from the Bible are comforting and comfortable examples of English church music in a popular mold. Thoroughly tonal, the writing evokes English Elizabethan partsong (Vauday Part Songs), plainchant (Lord's Prayer) and Baroque models (Song of Songs), the livelier sections of the latter charmingly reminding us how close some forms of minimalism come to Baroque accompanimental figuration. The disc ends with a lively Widor-ish Toccata for organ. Texts included. Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Roger Sayer (organ), Conventus, English Chamber Orchestra; Patrick Hawes.

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