Patrick Hawes on the Lazarus Requiem

When Patrick Hawes first completed his Lazarus Requiem, he thought it would be impossible to record such a complex work for Choir, Orchestra and Soloist.

Seven years later, thanks to the wonders of modern recording technology, he has finally been able to commit one of his most cherished works to disc. Released on April 2nd, the Lazarus Requiem was recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Exeter Philharmonic & Cathedral Choirs and features the soloists Elin Manahan Thomas, Thomas Walker and Rachael Lloyd.

Patrick himself conducted his magnificent oratorio and spent much of his time travelling the length of the the UK between Scotland and Exeter during the recording process. The resulting recording is so incredible, it was chosen as John Suchet's CD of the Week. 

Lucy Coward spoke to Patrick about how he managed the logistic challenges of blending the different parts of the work together and the technology advances in recording techniques that made it all possible…


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Patrick Hawes talks about the 'Lux Aeterna' from the Lazarus Requiem in the video below