Angel is a collection of sacred vocal and choral pieces by Patrick Hawes, a British composer noted for his work in film and concert music. This album is his first recording for Decca, and it is a personal testament to his avowed Christian faith and his belief in the presence of angels in his life. All the works are original compositions, and in many cases, they are settings of texts by Andrew Hawes, the composer's brother. Because of the album's openly religious content, which at times verges on religiosity, it appears to be aimed primarily at a Christian audience that favors calm and accessible tonal or modal music with an unabashed sentimental tone. With one exception, Hawes' pieces are slow, soft, and serene, designed to inspire meditative moods. The only dramatic contrast is the minor-key opening of the Archangel Suite, a vaguely martial prayer to the archangel Michael. Otherwise, the atmosphere of the album is consistent, due to the seraphic voice of soprano Grace Davidson, the pure blend of Choir of New College, Oxford, under the direction of Edward Higginbottom, and the delicate sonorities of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the composer.
What a gorgeous display of musicality! If you were to buy one song from this album it would have to Angel Song. A stunning violin solo painting a picturesque picture embracing a whole range of emotions and colours.
Top Albums and Songs by Patrick Hawes
||Highgrove Suite: Goddess of the Woods||The Highgrove Suite||7:17||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Highgrove Suite: The Wildflower Meadow||The Highgrove Suite||5:49||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fair Albion||Patrick Hawes: Fair Albion - Visions Of England||4:12||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Highgrove Suite: Sanctuary||The Highgrove Suite||7:23||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||After the Rain||Patrick Hawes: Fair Albion - Visions Of England||2:55||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Highgrove Suite: The Gladiator||The Highgrove Suite||7:54||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Stargazer Final||Hawes: Towards the Light||3:09||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Quanta Qualia||Hawes: Towards the Light||3:59||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Prayer To A Guardian Angel||Angel||2:59||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Towards the Light||Now That's What I Call Relaxing Classical||3:37||£0.99||View in iTunes|