About This Recording
Notes from the Composer, Stephen Hatfield: The first pieces I wrote for the Amabile Youth Singers, beautifully conducted by John Barron, were the cornerstone of my career. People often ask why they can’t get those early classics on one CD. Now you can. Here in one collection are the legendary performances of “Nukapianguaq”, “African Celebration”, “Heaven Bound Train”, “Missa Brevis”, “The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy”, and more from those astonishing early sessions in 1991-95. Spanning fifteen years of recordings, the CD also features the choir under my direction in superb live performances of new material such as “Geordie” and “The Sparks Fly Upward”, plus gorgeous concert versions of “Once I Had A Sweetheart” and the 2nd movement of “Three Ways To Vacuum Your House”. I am especially delighted that the CD includes several beloved performances that have never been commercially available before, such as the ferocious live version of “TJAK!”, the first, unreleased recording of “La Lluvia” which remains my favourite version of the piece, and a radiant, mystical “Amazing Grace”, performed here with oboe instead of bagpipes.
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