Miracles: The music of Edward Harper

Delphian’s first orchestral recording presents a richly imagined new choral symphony by Edward Harper, setting it alongside chamber works by this inventive and limpidly expressive composer. Harper’s music takes its place firmly within the British symphonic tradition, yet ranges wider still in its deeply felt response to human experience, from the nineteenth-century Dorset of William Barnes to a message of hope and reconciliation from the present-day Middle East.

"All the performances seem admirable in commitment and character, with David Wilson-Johnson in particularly fine voice in the symphony"

"Its impact is immediate … combines moments of pastoral charm with heated anxiety"

"Harper's gift for direct expression, uncluttered by fashion or obscurantist technique, was heard at its best here"

"The most refreshing aspect of it is the fact that his ideas, strong, direct and expressive, are never stretched beyond their capability or needlessly repeated. It makes for satisfying listening."

Producer: Paul Baxter
Recording venues: Colinton Parish Church; Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh; City Halls, Glasgow
Recording dates: 8 May 2006; 20-21 June 2007; 27-29 August 2007
Physical format: Jewel case
Number of discs: 1
Number of tracks: 10
Release date: 31 March 2008
Catalogue No: DCD34069
Total playing time: 0:59:00

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