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Thomas Walker / Rachael Lloyd / Elin Manahan Thomas

Lazarus Requiem

  • Type CD
  • Label Signum Classics
  • UPC 0635212028223
  • Catalog number SIGCD 282
  • Release date 01 April 2012
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About the album

Patrick Hawes returns to disc on 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 creates 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 where we are informed “a certain man was ill”. Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus, send for Jesus and the drama of the miracle unfolds.

A former Classic-FM composer in residence, Patrick Hawes’ compositions have a unique depth and sentiment that appeals to many different listeners. 

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