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Howells: Requiem; Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing

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Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jim Svejda
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: 636943465929
  • Catalog Number: 8554659
  • Sales rank: 150,316

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–2 Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (St Paul's Cathedral) - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Herbert Howells (11:35)
  2. 2 Like As the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks (Psalm 42), anthem for chorus - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Herbert Howells (5:06)
  3. 3 Paean for organ - Herbert Howells & Iain Farrington (6:04)
  4. 5–10 Requiem for soprano, 2 tenors, bass & chorus - Herbert Howells & St. John's College Choir, Cambridge (16:47)
  5. 6 Long, Long Ago - John Buxton & Herbert Howells (4:11)
  6. 12–17 The Office of the Holy Communion (Collegium Regale), for chorus & organ - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Herbert Howells (16:47)
  7. 13 Rhapsodies (3) for organ, Op 17 - Herbert Howells & Iain Farrington (7:23)
  8. 14 Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, motet on the death of President Kennedy for chorus - St. John's College Choir, Cambridge & Herbert Howells (7:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
St. John's College Choir, Cambridge Primary Artist
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