A brilliant and very moving symphony. Exceptional in many ways. The music and the chorale have a haunting listening effect. Superb piece that will be enjoyed especially at this time of the year, and particularly in this year of 2018.
I got this CD so I could get familiar with this brand new piece of music, which I was going to perform at the second ever performance in UK. I t is a mix of WW1 songs but mostly new music which graphically describes different experiences during the war. Some jagged sounds and some beautiful passages. Well worth a listen, especially for the 100the anniversary of the end of that Great War.
This is a very moving choral symphony which I have now listened to several times. It creates a very vivid picture of the Great War and portrays its many aspects including the futility of war. Track 18, 'The Dead Soldier' is an especially moving piece. I also particularly like the arrangement of 'Christian Soldiers' - track 5. Overall it is an excellent symphony and thoroughly recommended.
This symphony is the story of WW1 (The Great War) set to music - the music is both poignant and appropriate, and allows the listener to conjure up a period or incident from a musical perspective. A set of music and words that need to be listened to when one has time to reflect.
I hope Patrick Hawes makes it to the really big league of British Composers. His music is easy on the ear, yet intricately worked and teeming with poignancy. This wonderful piece of music has so many highlights, but Track 16, the duet between the two soloists, is one of the most beautiful tributes on disc. Staggering..