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To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Tenebrae commissioned Owain Park to write Footsteps, a work inspired by Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles. As Nigel Short explains in the liner notes, the success of the Talbot piece had attracted amateur singers to enquire if there were anything like it they could attempt. The answer was negative, so Short invited Park – one of the younger generation of British choral composers – to write something that would give an opportunity for any singer to take part in a performance of a new work alongside Tenebrae. The result is an exceptionally beautiful 16-minute work using an anthology of texts themed around travel, solitude and journeying. Inspired by the Camino pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Talbot’s Path of Miracles is a reissue of Tenebrae’s 2005 recording. It is a tour-de-force of composition and execution, with Tenebrae giving of their very best.

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