Howells: Requiem; Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing

Howells: Requiem; Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing

by St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
     
 

Although his music is far less familiar than that of his friends Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, Herbert Howells was responsible for some of the most deeply moving sacred music composed in this century. The first volume of a new and much-needed budget seriesSee more details below

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Although his music is far less familiar than that of his friends Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, Herbert Howells was responsible for some of the most deeply moving sacred music composed in this century. The first volume of a new and much-needed budget series of Howells's choral music has been issued by Naxos, offering even the most wary buyer a virtually risk-free entrée into the composer's lovely, often noble world. The principal work on the album is the moving and gravely beautiful Requiem (long thought to have been written in response to the death of his nine-year-old son in 1936, but was in fact completed in 1933). Much of the musical material from the Requiem would be used again in Howells's masterpiece, the "Hymnus Paradisi" -- superbly performed by the BBC Symphony and Chorus under Richard Hickox on Chandos -- the piece that actually was dedicated to Howells's son. Both the Requiem and the shorter works on the program are sung to rapt perfection by the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, and the recorded sound has an appealing resonance and bloom.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/1999
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943465929
catalogNumber:
8554659
Rank:
154727

Tracks

  1. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (St Paul's Cathedral)  - Herbert Howells  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - Christopher Robinson  - Iain Farrington
  2. Like As the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks (Psalm 42), anthem for chorus  - Herbert Howells  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - Christopher Robinson  - Iain Farrington
  3. Paean for organ  - Herbert Howells  - Iain Farrington
  4. Requiem for soprano, 2 tenors, bass & chorus  - Herbert Howells  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - Christopher Robinson  - Christopher de la Hoyde  - Iain Farrington  - Simon Wall  - Alex Ashworth  - Sarah Blood
  5. Long, Long Ago  - Herbert Howells  - John Buxton  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - Christopher Robinson  - Iain Farrington
  6. The Office of the Holy Communion (Collegium Regale), for chorus & organ  - Herbert Howells  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - Christopher Robinson  - Iain Farrington
  7. Rhapsodies (3) for organ, Op 17  - Herbert Howells  - Iain Farrington
  8. Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, motet on the death of President Kennedy for chorus  - Herbert Howells  -  St. John's College Choir, Cambridge  - Christopher Robinson  - Helen Waddell  -  Aurelius Clemens Prudentius  - Iain Farrington

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