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Hawes

Magazine article Gramophone

Hawes

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Hawes

Beatitudes (a). Be Still (a). The Edenham Eucharist The Lord's Prayer. Let Us Love (a). Revelation. The Word. Peace Beyond Thought. Quanta Qualia (b) The Elora Singers / Noel Edison with (b) John Johnson asax (a) Leslie De'Ath pf

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Success is a double-edged sword. Become composer-in-residence of a popular classical radio station, feted by the masses and commissioned by royalty, and expect an avalanche of negative comments from a band of critics for whom epithets such as 'sweet harmonies', 'light, tuneful melodies' and 'benign mood music' are to music what a cold shower is

to a hydrophobic cat. Patrick Hawes's Revelation makes a convincing case that there is more to his music than the nice veneer that glossed recent releases such as 'Angel' and 'Blue in Blue', and heard here on the ever-popular Quanta Qualia.

If nothing else, Revelation--settings of the Biblical text in seven short sections, bookended with a prologue and epilogue demonstrates the scope of Hawes's musical style. His direct and immediate response to the text from the Book of Revelation produces moments of vivid word-painting, such as the doom-laden descending line at the end of 'Fallen is Babylon the Great'. Stark contrasts are set up between beginning and end in the Epilogue, 'The Alpha and the Omega'. Hawes explores more distant tonal relationships in 'Coming with the Clouds'. He shows how inventive he can be with harmony in 'From the Throne'--moving lines in contrary motion to create crunchy dissonances--then cleverly melds mellifluous modal melodies with bright tonal interjections in 'A Great and Wondrous Sign'. …

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