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.
An attractive, sincere and thoughtful piece. This very good first recording should bring it to the attention of a wider audience – MusicWeb International
What the Lazarus Requiem does do – and to striking effect – is bring into sharp relief Hawes’s unerring gift for evocative orchestral texture and beautiful melodic line – Choir & Organ