State of Grace II: Turning To Peace
The second in the three-part series of composer Paul Schwartz's electronica-classical opus. State of Grace II: Turning To Peace again features performances from Lisbeth Scott and The Joyful Company of Singers. The album also includes legendary gutiarist Carlos Santana!
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Paul Schwartz is back with a follow-up to the popular series State of Grace, with State of Grace II: Turning To Peace. Having always been drawn to the great Latin texts that have inspired so many great composers before him, State of Grace II: Turning To Peace is based on two Latin texts: the Magnificat and the Stabat Mater.
"The Magnificat is taken directly from the Bible, from the Gospel of Luke: it is the prayer of Mary expressing her joy in the knowledge that she will bear the son of God. The Stabat Mater is a medieval poem that describes the sorrows of Mary as her son’s life is taken. I wanted to oppose the two images: the rejoicing expectant mother, and the eventual tragedy that overcomes her. These texts and the other songs on the album form a journey from joy, to sorrow, to joy again."
- Paul Schwartz
With Lisbeth Scott once again lending her vocal talents, this is possibly Schwartz’ most beautiful release yet! Another highlight of the album is "Curacion (Sunlight On Water)" co-written and performed with Carlos Santana.
We are sorry but we can not offer digital copies of the Windham Hill Records catalog at this time. Please enjoy 45 second samples from the album listed below!