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Inspired by the most cherished sacred texts from his childhood religious traditions, composer/producer Paul Schwartz created a true musical phenomenon in 2000 with State of Grace, a magnificent collection that blended vocal, choral, and orchestral elements with his trademark affinity for seductive ambient grooves. State of Grace, Vol. 2: Turning to Peace plays something like Schwartz's further groove/orchestral-blended spiritual adventures, infused with the same sort of sweeping musical whimsy and once again the beautiful vocal additions of Lisbeth Scott on six tracks. Partially based on the Magnificat and the Stabat Mater, two Latin texts related to the emotional ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Inspired by the most cherished sacred texts from his childhood religious traditions, composer/producer Paul Schwartz created a true musical phenomenon in 2000 with State of Grace, a magnificent collection that blended vocal, choral, and orchestral elements with his trademark affinity for seductive ambient grooves. State of Grace, Vol. 2: Turning to Peace plays something like Schwartz's further groove/orchestral-blended spiritual adventures, infused with the same sort of sweeping musical whimsy and once again the beautiful vocal additions of Lisbeth Scott on six tracks. Partially based on the Magnificat and the Stabat Mater, two Latin texts related to the emotional journey of the Virgin Mary, the collection also includes emotional performances by the Crouch End Festival Chorus and harpist Helen Tunstall, and a powerful guest appearance by legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, who used the popular State of Grace song "Miserere" as the basis of the crackling new tune "Curación Sunlight on Water." The collection begins majestically, with the Crouch End Festival Chorus emoting the "Magnificat" in Latin before segueing into an easy funk, trippy ambient groove realm; Schwartz then sweeps this fascinating mix of the ancient and modern into a powerful orchestral swirl. The title track then reintroduces the listener to the haunting, then soaring voice of Scott, singing images of a peaceful world over a groove that flows like a gentle heartbeat. Schwartz dubs the thoughtful, contemplative "Stabat Mater" the "tragic center of the record," and his artful blend of the harmonic textures of the choir with Scott's moving lead vocal takes the key track to truly transcendent places.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • UPC: 828765301725
  • Catalog Number: 53017

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Magnificat (5:13)
  2. 2 Turning to Peace (5:25)
  3. 3 Curación (Sunlight on Water) - Joyful Company of Singers (4:49)
  4. 4 Stabat Mater (5:42)
  5. 5 Quia Respexit (6:53)
  6. 6 Fear Not - Lisbeth Scott (5:03)
  7. 7 Et Misericordia - Lisbeth Scott (4:15)
  8. 8 Suscepit Israel (5:55)
  9. 9 Ave Maria (3:59)
  10. 10 Gloria (5:26)
  11. 11 Let Me - Lisbeth Scott (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Berrow Violin
Robin Firman Cello, Celli
Rita Manning Violin
Anthony Pleeth Cello, Celli
Paul Schwartz Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Robert Smissen Viola
Cathy Thompson Violin
Mary Scully Double Bass
Katherine Shave Violin
Helen Tunstall Harp
KC Porter Keyboards
Peter Lale Viola
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Jackie Shave Violin
Carlos Santana Guitar
David Daniels [cello] Cello, Celli
Julian Leaper Violin
Lisbeth Scott Vocals
Perry Mason Violin
Rachel Bolt Viola
Warren Zielinski Violin
Simon Fischer Violin
Gustav Clarkson Viola
Joyful Company of Singers Choir, Chorus
Christopher Tombling Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Technical Credits
Peter Cobbin Engineer
Paul Schwartz Composer, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Tim Conklin Engineer
KC Porter Composer, Producer
Carlos Santana Composer
Leon Zervos Mastering
Lisbeth Scott Composer
Richard Lancaster Engineer
Gayvn Wright Orchestra Leader
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great choice

    Beautiful music to relax to.

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