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The Highgrove Suite

27 Sep 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Classic FM plc
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  • Total Length: 1:03:57
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  • ASIN: B0045PE7QE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,470 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Pluck on 14 Oct 2010
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Patrick Hawes has expanded his original single movement work on Highgrove, wriiten two years earlier, to celebrate Prince Charles' 60th. Birthday, into a four movement suite comprising: The Goddess of the Woods, The Wildflower Meadow, The Sanctuary and The Gladiator. This suite, of almost thirty minutes' duration, is wonderfully evocative of the seasonal changes in the gardens at Highgrove. Not since Respighi has a composer been able to capture colour and light in musical sound as effectively as Patrick Hawes. Claire Jones is superb throughout, the harp bubbles like a well-behaved water-feature to imaginative accompaniment of the Philharmonia's strings. The strings come into their own in the Gladiator, where cellos and bases give the Gladiator a sense of power and movement.

What of the other thirty-five minutes of music on this CD? Rest assured it is of an equally high quality. The Sonata No.1, for harp, written by the blind Welsh harpist John Parry, 1710-1782, is a ten minute Baroque gem, where the harp has the intimacy of a music box, playing in your living room.

The Santa Fe Suite, written by William Mathias (1934-1992), for harp, evokes the landscapes and spirits of New Mexico and, after two rather pastoral movements, it explodes in a lively "sun dance" finale full of energetic Latin rhythms.

The Highgrove Suite is separated from the Sonata and Santa Fe suite by Hubert Parry's Lady Radnor Suite. This piece, written for string orchestra in 1902, for his close friend, Helen - Countess of Radnor, is in six movements: a Prelude and five other Baroque Dance movements: Allemande, Sarabande, Bourree, Slow Minuet and Gigue. The Sarabande is particularly pleasing and the Slow Minuet offers contrast in tempo.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Alan Harris on 28 Sep 2010
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What a stunning album - saw Alan Titchmarsh's show last week about Highgrove Gardens, and this release really shows Patrick Hawes to be one of the best british living composers!
Delicate strings and Claire Jones' harp is simply beautiful - thoroughly recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Trying to be green on 18 Mar 2011
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I heard Goddess of the Woods on Classic FM and immediately ordered this CD - the music is beautifully written. What lets it down is the poor recording quality - there is a lot of background noise (sounds like an old analogue recording) and there is little ambience - you cant put the instruments anywhere they are all jumbled together on this recording - a real shame - but most people are probably not as fussy as me - I have an awesome hifi and get as much pleasure from the quality of a recording as the content...and so am therefore much fussier than most I guess...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By karjuste on 22 Nov 2010
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Patrick Hawes is a popular and inspirational contemporary English classical composer.

The Highgrove Suite was commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales and was first performed by the Philharmonia
Orchestra and Royal Harpist, Claire Jones, at Highgrove in June 2010. The suite comprises four movements, for harp and strings, the first of which, Goddess Of The Woods, was originally written for the Prince's 60th birthday.

Each of the movements was inspired by an area of the gardens at Highgrove and reflects the changing seasons.

Goddess Of The Woods is about The Stumpery and was named after the marble statue at the centre. The second movement is about the Wildflower Meadow. Another is about the Sanctuary, the small building that the Prince built in the garden, in the Millenium, as a private retreat. The final movement is about The Gladiator, the statue at the head of the Thyme Walk.

Aled Jones, on Radio 2's, 'Good Morning Sunday' this week, describes the Highgrove Suite as 'a great piece of music . . . other-worldly . . . and British sounding'.

Can something that is British sounding be other-worldly, you might ask? In this case I would say the answer is a definite yes. This music is heavenly and speaks to me of light and life. It is also rooted deep in the earth of England like an ancient oak.

Highly recommended.

All profits from album sales of The Highgrove Suite go to The Prince's Charities Foundation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Melhuish on 28 Oct 2010
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The Highgrove Suite itself is beautiful and atmospheric - capturing the sense of the stunning garden at Highgrove, its different areas and moods. If you saw the BBC 2 programme, with Alan Titchmarsh interviewing Prince Charles about the garden, the music was played in the background, with highlights included of the evening concert when this piece was first performed.

The music itself is beautifully orchestrated, romantic and lyrical, with the harp contributing to creating the spirit of the place so evocatively. Music to unwind to and to drift away to a summer sanctuary. It is a pity that the other pieces added to the CD are not in the same vein. Nevertheless, the CD is worth having, if only for the Highgrove Suite itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Bailey on 22 Feb 2013
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I bought this after hearing a track on the radio. Liked it overall, but not all tracks appealed to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Ashley on 11 Mar 2011
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This is the most wonderful music. Very relaxing. It will be lovely to play on a warm summer's evening whilst sitting in the garden with a glass of something cold in your hand. Ah bliss.
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