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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #60 on: November 10, 2018, 03:11:36 PM »
The Willcocks is my favourite version (I have them all  ::)).

That's why I bought it (I have to say I love EMI's British Composers cover art and that helped too  ;D ).

There are many modern recordings of Collegium Regale.

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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #61 on: November 10, 2018, 03:27:02 PM »
That's why I bought it (I have to say I love EMI's British Composers cover art and that helped too  ;D ).

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Do you have the CD coupled with Dies Natalis or Music for Strings?
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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #62 on: November 11, 2018, 02:32:34 AM »
Do you have the CD coupled with Dies Natalis or Music for Strings?

Music for Strings (the last minute of that work doesn't play). I have that Finzi's Dies Natalis on another disc that has also works by RVW and Holst. So I have these:


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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #63 on: November 11, 2018, 09:59:37 AM »
Music for Strings (the last minute of that work doesn't play). I have that Finzi's Dies Natalis on another disc that has also works by RVW and Holst. So I have these:




Both terrific CDs - amongst my very favourites.
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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #64 on: November 11, 2018, 11:17:17 AM »
Both terrific CDs - amongst my very favourites.

Sound quality of course not the cleanest "21st century digital audio", but otherwise I agree. Very very good performances.
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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #65 on: November 11, 2018, 09:13:33 PM »
My curiosity was piked by the conversation, so I sampled some tracks from this CD, especifically St. Paul's Service:



How awe-inspiring this is! The choir sings with such an intensity and beauty that is difficult not to be moved. I'm really delighted by this heavenly music. I'll have to investigate further this composer.

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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #66 on: November 11, 2018, 10:44:51 PM »
My curiosity was piked by the conversation, so I sampled some tracks from this CD, especifically St. Paul's Service:



How awe-inspiring this is! The choir sings with such an intensity and beauty that is difficult not to be moved. I'm really delighted by this heavenly music. I'll have to investigate further this composer.

Glad you liked it Cesar. His music is always worth hearing I think. Do you know Hymnus Paradisi? His masterpiece I think.
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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #67 on: November 12, 2018, 12:17:06 AM »
I would agree with Vandermolen that Howells' "Hymnus" is probably his finest work but do listen to his chamber music as well.  The interesting thing with Howells is that he was considered one of the brightest of his generation at music college but after the tragedy of his son's death his music became much more inward and centred on the church and vocal music on which his current fame rests.  The is a new Naxos disc due out which features some of the chamber music including the 1st recording of a fantastic piece for string quartet called "Lady Audrey's Suite".  Its a much more substantial and impressive work than the title (and movement titles) would suggest

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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #68 on: November 12, 2018, 07:19:03 AM »
I would agree with Vandermolen that Howells' "Hymnus" is probably his finest work but do listen to his chamber music as well.  The interesting thing with Howells is that he was considered one of the brightest of his generation at music college but after the tragedy of his son's death his music became much more inward and centred on the church and vocal music on which his current fame rests.  The is a new Naxos disc due out which features some of the chamber music including the 1st recording of a fantastic piece for string quartet called "Lady Audrey's Suite".  Its a much more substantial and impressive work than the title (and movement titles) would suggest

Well, I shall keep my eye out for that. Thanks for alerting us to it. I know little of the chamber music although I greatly admire the Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano (1917-19), described, accurately I think, by its original reviewers as a 'contemplation' in music rather than a sonata.
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« Reply #69 on: November 12, 2018, 07:38:12 AM »
Well, I shall keep my eye out for that. Thanks for alerting us to it. I know little of the chamber music although I greatly admire the Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano (1917-19), described, accurately I think, by its original reviewers as a 'contemplation' in music rather than a sonata.

Lyrita - where would we be without British recordings by Lyrita - released on LP and I assume on CD too, Howells Piano Quartet, Fantasy String Quartet and (deep breath) Rhapsodic Quintet for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola and Cello by the Richards Ensemble with Thea King (clarinet).

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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #70 on: November 14, 2018, 05:14:49 PM »
The epic and gloriously ecstatic Missa Sabrinensis was a fantastic recent discovery of mine, easily comparable with Hymnus Paradisi.
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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #71 on: November 14, 2018, 10:43:59 PM »
The epic and gloriously ecstatic Missa Sabrinensis was a fantastic recent discovery of mine, easily comparable with Hymnus Paradisi.
Glad you liked it Kyle. I must listen to it again soon as I have the Chandos recording.
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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #72 on: November 15, 2018, 12:30:51 PM »
The epic and gloriously ecstatic Missa Sabrinensis was a fantastic recent discovery of mine, easily comparable with Hymnus Paradisi.

This was my cue to dig out my copy. Not being a Christian I don't often listen to music with Christian texts (doesn't seem logical), but with the Missa Sabrinensis you can barely hear that it's a setting of the mass, it's more like a five movement 74 minute symphony with vocal and choral melismas. And it is very good, I'd say it probably has some of Howells' best music in it.

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Re: Herbert Howells 1892-1983
« Reply #73 on: November 16, 2018, 12:33:55 AM »
I love all three of the major choral-orchestral works (Missa Sabrinensis, Hymnus Paradisi and Stabat Mater).