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Path of Miracles & Footsteps

Path of Miracles & Footsteps

Path of Miracles, for a cappella choir, by Joby Talbot was commissioned by Tenebrae and premiered in 2005. The work is based on the most enduring route of Catholic pilgrimage – the great Pilgrimage to Santiago. The four movements of Path of Miracles are titled with the names of the four main staging posts of the ‘Camino Frances’:

I Roncesvalles
II Burgos
III Leon
IV Santiago

To mark Tenebrae’s fifteenth-anniversary season in 2016-17, the choir has commissioned a new work by Owain Park, Footsteps, which allows choirs of all abilities to perform alongside Tenebrae. Tenebrae is delighted to be joined by the Fellows of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain for this recording. See more information here.

[Footsteps is] an exceptionally beautiful 16-minute work using an anthology of texts themed around travel, solitude and journeying… [Talbot’s Path of Miracles is] a tour-de-force of composition and execution, with Tenebrae giving of their very best. *****

Choir and Organ Magazine
  • Release Date: 21 April 2017
  • Record Label: Signum Classics
  • Catalogue Number: SIGCD471
  • Location of Recording: 8-11 July 2005 and 4 November 2016 at All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London
  • Total Running Time: 01:09:22
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Buy # Title Composer Duration Price Listen
1FootstepsOwain Park16:56£ Listen
2RoncesvallesJoby Talbot17:23£ Listen
3BurgosJoby Talbot15:04£ Listen
4LeonJoby Talbot11:45£ Listen
5SantiagoJoby Talbot18:13£ Listen

[Footsteps is] an exceptionally beautiful 16-minute work using an anthology of texts themed around travel, solitude and journeying… [Talbot’s Path of Miracles is] a tour-de-force of composition and execution, with Tenebrae giving of their very best. *****

Choir and Organ Magazine

I’m mightily impressed by Footsteps… the music seems to be most imaginatively and skilfully written for voices.

Path of Miracles is a truly astonishing composition. I would go so far as to say it’s inspired. The music is both stimulating and satisfying and the listener is constantly being led on by the compelling combination of words and music. Anyone who cares about contemporary choral music should hasten to hear this wonderful score.

MusicWeb International

The control and intensity from Nigel Short and Tenebrae is nothing short of marvellous. *****

Planet Hugill

an evocative odyssey

The Times

It’s an interesting musical journey for composer, performers and listeners alike

Classic FM

…the splendid Tenebrae, whose beauty of sound is matched by clarity of diction.

The Gramophone Classical Music Guide

Joby Talbot’s ambitious a cappella Path of Miracles is little short of a musical miracle in itself… It is a tour de force and absolutely stunning

Choir and Organ Magazine

vibrant and incisive

International Record Review

Recording of the Month, MusicWeb International (August 2017)

Album of the Week, BBC Radio Scotland (May 2017)

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