Park & Talbot: Footsteps & Path Of Miracles

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Label: Signum
Catalog: SIGCD471
Format: CD

Fellows of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain; Tenebrae; Short, Nigel

Tenebrae mark their 15th anniversary season with a celebratory re-release of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, as well as the premiere recording of a new work by Owain Park. Inspired by the Camino Frances pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Path of Miracles has quickly become a contemporary classic amongst choral music fans. To mark their anniversary year Tenebrae commissioned British composer Owain Park to compose his new work Footsteps as a companion piece to Path of Miracles. A shorter work, Footsteps is themed on similar concepts of travel, solitude and journeying, and blends texts by eight different authors to structure a narrative that cycles the seasons through the view of a lonely traveller. Praise for the original release of Path of Miracles: “After the eerie opening effect - a glissandi, Taiwanese style, bursting into the pilgrims hymn from Dum Pater Familias - you know you are about to embark on a remarkable musical journey ... The music weaves together diverse themes and styles encompassing sparse, clear writing with subtle use of harmony portraying the text ... It is a tour de force and absolutely stunning.” Choir and Organ “... a real achievement.” International Record Review

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