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Choral music of Joby Talbot (b.1971): 'Path of Miracles' / Conspirare, Johnson

Album Summary

>Talbot, Joby : Path of Miracles, for a cappella choir
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Notes & Reviews:

Craig Hella Johnson leads Conspirare, 2015 GRAMMY® award-winners for Best Choral Album, in an inspiring performance of Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles. This recording takes listeners on a musical journey along Spain's famous Camino de Compostela. The Austin American-Statesman calls it "an engaging, delicate piece... [with] lovely cinematic scope [and] gorgeous interplay between the voices... [it's] almost breathtakingly beautiful."

Gramophone Magazine, July 2015
This is musical mysticism at its richest and most greedy - grasping from all traditions and courses, and treasuring each element in this musical collage.

MusicWeb International, 24th July 2015
A very beautiful and impressively produced recording of a fine contemporary vocal masterpiece, and for that alone it is to be highly commended.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
British composer Joby Talbot's (b. 1971) Path of Miracles (2005) is an a cappella choral work documenting the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, carrying the body of St James from France to the western coast of Spain. The pilgrimage dates back to the 9th Century. The text of the work was constructed by Robert Dickinson and deals with the stories told by the pilgrims of "saints, miracles, and traditions associated with the route", with occasional references to psalms. Mr Talbot's music is evocative of medieval choral singing, with memories of Carmina Burana in the background (with one actual poem from the original appearing at the end of this piece). Dickinson's text is in English, with some Latin thrown in for the biblical texts and a smattering of related languages for additional mystery. It is quite effective as an exercise in neo-medievalism, and will (perhaps) please choral music aficionados with taste for such things. Much of it is exquisitely beautiful, and often catchy. The superb Conspirare is as always exemplary.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas (01/2014).


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>Talbot, Joby : Path of Miracles, for a cappella choir
  • Conductor: Craig Hella-Johnson
  • Ensemble: Conspirare
  • Running Time: 64 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary