Quanta Qualia (Blue in Blue)
Patrick Hawes

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Up 10. Highest position since 2009, and the highest of 3 entries for Patrick Hawes this year.

Former Classic FM composer in residence Patrick Hawes is a quintessentially English composer who prides himself on writing in the same idiom as the likes of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Delius. The pastoral, reflective sound-world Hawes inhabits is no better demonstrated than in this, his beautiful Quanta Qualia for soprano, chorus and orchestra. It's taken from the 2004 album Blue in Blue: an instant hit in the classical charts. Much of it is inspired by the composer's rural surroundings: he lives on the Norfolk coast and has often remarked that the beauty of nature spurs him on to write music.