This is the second of Hawe’s cycle of five songs based upon the Song of Songs that collection of desert love poetry which prefigures Christianity and provides it with "a language of love that is both sensual and spiritual, of earth and of heaven". Rhapsody’s urgent driving rhythms capture the text’s sense of anticipation perfectly. Enjoy :-).
Patrick Hawes (Born 1958): Rhapsody
See him coming
see him coming
Snows are melting,
spring is dawning
The rain has gone,
new flowers appear;
The sound of turtle doves is heard.
In my garden,
taste the fragrance
of the sweetest myrrh.
Text – Song of Songs adapted Andrew Hawes
Performers: Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), Conventus, English Chamber Orchestra conductor Patrick Hawes.