197 Quanta Qualia

A huge climb of 103 places for this, the 2nd of 3 entries for Patrick Hawes.

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.

Quanta Qualia is 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.

Find out more

'Angels' by Konstantin Makovsky (1872).