Howells: Requiem; Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Herbert Howells reported that the experience that convinced him to pursue a career in music was hearing a performance of Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" when he was 18. It's perhaps no coincidence that when he began composing his 1936 "Requiem" in response to the death of his nine-year-old son, the distinctive sonorities of the "Tallis Fantasia" subliminally found their way into the opening movement of this very personal and deeply felt work. Each of the movements, with texts taken from the psalms and other scriptural and liturgical sources, uses rich, late-Romantic harmonies and is suffused with gentleness, even serenity. A similar tonal ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Herbert Howells reported that the experience that convinced him to pursue a career in music was hearing a performance of Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" when he was 18. It's perhaps no coincidence that when he began composing his 1936 "Requiem" in response to the death of his nine-year-old son, the distinctive sonorities of the "Tallis Fantasia" subliminally found their way into the opening movement of this very personal and deeply felt work. Each of the movements, with texts taken from the psalms and other scriptural and liturgical sources, uses rich, late-Romantic harmonies and is suffused with gentleness, even serenity. A similar tonal language characterizes the motet "Take him, earth, for cherishing," written as a memorial for John F. Kennedy, but it is a more overtly anguished work, with somewhat more astringent harmonies. Corydon Singers, led by Matthew Best, bring the music a tone that is pure and bright and warm. They maintain a spirit of restraint in the "Requiem," but their performance is nuanced enough that the consistently tender mood never palls and never becomes sentimental. In the motet, they are freer to let loose, and their impassioned outbursts are powerful but disciplined. The same can be said for their performances of Vaughan Williams' "Mass in G minor" and "Te Deum in G," works that have considerably more musical variety than the Howells "Requiem," but which, for all their loveliness, don't reach the same depth of feeling. Hyperion's sound is nicely balanced and life-like, with an excellent sense of presence.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571152202
  • Catalog Number: 55220
  • Sales rank: 153,386

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Matthew Best (23:58)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Conducted byMatthew Best
    Performed byMatthew Best, Corydon Singers
    1. 1Kyrie
    2. 2Gloria
    3. 3Credo
    4. 4Sanctus
    5. 5Agnus Dei
  2. 6 Te Deum for chorus & organ (or orchestra) in G - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Matthew Best (7:21)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Conducted byMatthew Best
    Performed byMatthew Best, Corydon Singers
  3. 7–12 Requiem, for soprano, 2 tenors, bass & chorus - Herbert Howells & Matthew Best (20:04)
    Composed byHerbert Howells
    Conducted byMatthew Best
    Performed byMatthew Best, Corydon Singers
    1. 7Salvator mundi
    2. 8Psalm 23
    3. 9Requiem aeternam 1
    4. 10Psalm 121
    5. 11Requiem aeternam 2
    6. 12I heard a voice from heaven
  4. 13 Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, motet on the death of President Kennedy for chorus - Herbert Howells & Matthew Best (8:55)
    Composed byHerbert Howells
    Conducted byMatthew Best
    Performed byMatthew Best, Corydon Singers
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