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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
  • View/Download Liner Notes

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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)

Blogs

Now is the month of maying…

3 June 2019

Here’s a round up of all we’ve been up to in a busy May this year. We started the month with a day of rehearsals for both the programmes we would be taking away on tour, and then straight on to Sherborne Abbey for our first concert on 4th May. This building is absolutely beautiful,… continued

Blogs

Guest blog: Beth Partridge – Associate Artist

2 July 2019

This summer sees my final few months as an Associate Artist with Tenebrae, and what an amazing journey it’s been! I’m so grateful to Nigel and his brilliant team for welcoming me on board, particular thanks go to Helen Daniels, Jessy Croghan, Henry Southern, Charlotte Nohavicka, Esther Poole and Alex Davies whose tireless work over… continued

USA Tour 2019

It’s Cauliflower

11 November 2019

Welcome to the first blog of Tenebrae’s current tour of the USA. This tour’s a mammoth one as we undertake 10 concerts in 10 different states in 13 days, and you’ll get to read all about it thanks to these blogs, written by members of the choir, carefully handpicked by management. I like to think… continued

USA Tour 2019

Let’s do the Charleston!

12 November 2019

Welcome to the second blog of this tour, coming to you from the coach somewhere between Charleston SC and Durham NC. It’s currently day 4 of my first tour to the US with Tenebrae and so far so good! Yesterday we were in the beautiful Charleston with gorgeous sunny weather and great food. We arrived… continued

USA Tour 2019

From one Carolina to another

13 November 2019

Day 4 of our tour across the states started earlier for some than others, with a couple of people heading out for an early run across Charleston’s beautiful coast. Luckily for me, the jet lag hasn’t hit too badly, so I engaged in no such worthy productiveness and slept until the rudeness of my alarm… continued

USA Tour 2019

The American Way

17 November 2019

Day 5 and, for most, the first and last rest day of the tour. Six plucky Tenebrae members (former and current Associate Artists + Jimmy) would give a workshop at the University of Maryland in the afternoon but more on that later! First came the chance to catch up on sleep – this was the… continued

USA Tour 2019

Dallas to Provo

20 November 2019

Any day which begins with an 05:00 alarm is met with some trepidation by singers. Couple that with the previous evening’s post-concert reception and there were some groggy heads on the early morning bus to St Louis airport. We flew back to Chicago before catching a flight to Dallas. Upon arrival at the hotel, many… continued

News

BBC Radio 3 Artist of the Week

19 June 2017

Tenebrae is BBC Radio 3‘s Artist of the Week! Tune into Essential Classics at 11am every day this week to find out Sarah Walker’s choices from the choir’s award-winning discography. Amongst other items, this will include Tenebrae’s recordings of works by Fauré, Parry, Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Victoria and Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles.

USA Tour 2019

BYU

22 November 2019

We had a rare morning off, and I began it by eating too much granola. As a relative newcomer to touring life, one thing I’m still learning is how to pace myself at hotel breakfasts. With an empty stomach and effectively unlimited food, I overdo it time after time. I realised I’ve developed a lot… continued

News

Signum is Gramophone Label of the Year 2017!

14 September 2017

Huge congratulations to our friends at Signum Classics for winning Record Label of the Year at the Gramophone Classical Music Awards! We are delighted for the company who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. We have loved working with them producing some of our most memorable recordings from Tenebrae’s debut release The Dream of Herod back… continued

USA Tour 2019

Provo to Orange Co.

24 November 2019

The day started with an 08.30 departure for our drive to Salt Lake City for our flight to LA. The weather was pretty rough as we departed and there were a fair few bumps on the flight both on the way up and the way down. Not my favourite thing… We arrived into LA to… continued

News

Princeton University Collaboration

28 June 2019

We’re very proud to announce a brand new initiative with Princeton University, kicking off in two weeks’ time at our Russian Treasures concerts in Thaxted and  St. Bartholomew-the-Great on the 14th and 15th July. Four Princeton music students will join the full Tenebrae line up alongside our Associate Artists for these special concerts. Here’s an introduction… continued

USA Tour 2019

Ashland and home

25 November 2019

36,000 feet up in the air and somewhere over the Hudson Bay, we are on our way home. We have turned back from the furthest point on the tour (122° W and thus a third of the way around the globe) after the last gig of the trip in Ashland, Oregon at the University of… continued

News

USA Tour November 2019

1 August 2019

We’re very excited to announce that Tenebrae will be returning to the United States for an extensive tour in November 2019. We will be visiting the University of Georgia in Athens, GA; Charleston; Duke University in Durham, NC; University of Maryland, MD; Chicago; St Louis; Dallas; Brigham Young University, UT; Los Angeles and Ashland, OR…. continued

Nigel's Blog

Nigel’s Blog: February 2019

7 February 2019

Happy new year to all. Hope you’ve put on loads of weight with excessive amounts of good cheer and the like and are now enjoying the effects after a cleansing January. I’m certainly not! It is with a heavy heart that I write to you all with some awful news about one of our most… continued

Nigel's Blog

Nigel’s blog: August 2019

1 August 2019

A lively time for us this last June and July before we hit a full August leading into our busiest autumn since the choir started nearly 20 years ago. We had another wonderful trip to Suffolk for the Aldeburgh Festival at the start of June. We’ve been to this part of the world quite a… continued

Nigel's Blog

Nigel’s blog: October 2019

11 October 2019

Since I last wrote the autumn has set in and the leaves are falling. The transition from summer has gone by in something of a blur as Tenebrae enjoyed its busiest September since we began performing nearly 20 years ago. In August we had tremendous fun performing at the BBC Proms, making our debut at… continued

Blogs

Guest Blog: Elisabeth Paul – Associate Artist

9 April 2018

Well, what a crazy but musically rewarding month March has been. With the USA tour and the Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square taking up much of the month, I’ve found a bit of time post-Easter to reflect on some of my recent experiences as an Associate Artist this year. At the beginning… continued

Blogs

Guest Blog: Beth Partridge – Associate Artist

31 May 2018

The post-Easter season has been somewhat quieter for Tenebrae, following our USA tour and Holy Week residency at St John’s, Smith Square. The Associate Artists have, however, been kept busy with various educational workshops and concerts. We travelled down to Millfield School in Somerset to repeat our World War I programme featuring music by Gurney… continued

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