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CHAN 241-34
(multiple CD Set)

Howells: Choral Works

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2006

Originally recorded in 2005

Artists:

Paul Spicer


Harry Bicket

organ*

Andrew Lumsden

organ†

Finzi Singers



Venue:

All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London


All Saints' Church, Tooting, London


St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London



Producer:

Tim Oldham

(all other works)

Richard Lee

(CD1 tracks 1, 2, 17; CD2 tracks 1-3, 5, 17)

Engineer:

Richard Lee

(all other works)

Richard Smoker

(Assistant: CD1 track 5; CD2 tracks 1-3, 5, 17)

Jeffrey Ginn

(Assistant: CD1 track 5; CD2 tracks 8, 10-15)

Peter Newble

(Assistant: CD1 tracks 4, 8-16; CD2 tracks 4, 6, 9)

Ben Connellan

(CD1 tracks 1, 2, 17; CD2 tracks 1-3, 5, 17)

Record Label
2 for 1

Genre:

Choir




Total Time - 157:57
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HERBERT HOWELLS

(1892-1983)
 Harry Bicket organ*
1 

Te Deum

10:58
  'For the church of St Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol'  
  Sophie Daneman - Carys Lane - Andrew Wickens semichorus  
  Andrew Lumsden organ  
2 

Even Such Is Time

5:48
   
3 

The Summer Is Coming

7:37
  Anna Crookes - Carys Lane sopranos  
4 

Nunc Dimittis

3:13
  Rachel Wheatley organ  
5 

The House of the Mind

10:04
  Harry Bicket organ  
 

Two Madrigals

7:53  
6 In Youth Is Pleasure 3:15
7 Before Me, Careless Lying 4:37
   
8 

Salve Regina

4:41
  Marianne Cotterill soprano  
 

Mass in the Dorian Mode

22:38  
9 I Kyrie* 2:14
10 II Gloria† 3:29
11 III Credo*† 5:55
12 IV Sanctus 2:04
13 V Benedictus 1:50
14 VI Osanna 1:13
15 VII Agnus Dei I* 2:15
16 VIII Agnus Dei II 3:33
  Rachel Wheatley soprano - William Purefoy countertenor*  
  Andrew Carwood tenor* - Simon Preece bass*  
  Nicholas Gedge intonation†  
17 

God Is Gone Up

6:30
  Andrew Lumsden organ  
 

Three Carol-Anthems

9:56  
18 Here Is the Little Door 3:15
19 Sing Lullaby 3:21
20 A Spotless Rose 3:19
  James Oxley solo tenor  
21 

Sweetest of Sweets

5:22
  Nicola-Jane Kemp soprano - Andrew Carwood tenor  
22 

Haec Dies

2:43
   
23 

Regina Coeli

3:31
   
24 

Long, Long Ago

5:13
   
25 

A Sequence for St Michael

12:01
  Susan Gritton soprano - Mark Milhofer tenor  
  Harry Bicket organ  
26 

Antiphon

4:11
   
 

Requiem

21:06  
27 I Salvatore mundi 2:44
28 II Psalm 23 2:35
29 III Requiem aeternam (1) 3:43
30 IV Psalm 121 2:41
31 V Requiem aeternam (2) 4:18
32 VI I heard a voice from heaven 5:02
  Susan Gritton soprano - William Missin counter tenor  
  Nicholas Hadleigh-Wilson tenor - John Bernays baritone  
33 

Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing

8:59
  Carys Lane soprano  
34 

Thee Will I Love

5:43
  Andrew Lumsden organ  
   
 Andrew Lumsden organ†
 Paul Spicer
  4 & 5 December 1991 (CD1 tracks 3, 6, 7; CD2 tracks 7, 16)  
  26 & 27 September 1990 (CD1 track 5; CD2 tracks 8, 10-15), and 26 & 27 August 1991 (CD1 tracks 4, 8-16; CD2 tracks 4, 6, 9)  
  10& 11 February 1994 (CD1 tracks 1, 2, 17; CD2 tracks 1-3, 5, 17)  
The Finzi Singers specialise in twentieth-century British music, a specialisation that is capably demonstrated through their many famous recordings for Chandos.
Much of the music on this release has rarely been recorded.

These two CDs of mostly sacred, and very beautiful, twentieth-century choral music have been carefully recoupled and are available for the price of just one disc.

This collection is drawn from four successful discs that were released in the early 1990s.

Howells studied with Stanford and his music follows in the best English tradition of Elgar, Walton and Vaughan Williams. Mass in the Dorian Mode, which received its premiere recording when originally released on Chandos, is an early work and his first big score. It edges towards the ‘glamorous anguish’ of the Howells we know in the exquisite Salve Regina. Under Paul Spicer’s direction, the Finzi Singers produce sounds of melting beauty.

Howells’s choral music has a clear religious cast to it, even in works of a more secular nature. His Two Madrigals are medieval laments of love, appropriately Gregorian in character. The Summer is Coming was composed in 1965 in memory of Arnold Bax and manages to conjure some of the composer’s spirit. Take him, Earth, for Cherishing, Howells’ ‘Motet on the Death of President Kennedy’, in fact derives much of its emotion from the composer’s grief at losing his own son, Michael, in 1935 at the age of nine. That event galvanised Howells’s creativity in the latter half of his life. The piece is not heroic or maudlin, but has a refreshing, even-tempered balance that walks a fine line between grandeur and common tragedy. Howells’ Requiem is the work which prepared the way for Hymnus Paradisi, providing some of the material for it.

This is a comprehensive anthology of Howells’s choral works and an important document for fans of British choral music.

Spicer’s singers lovingly shape his warmly laid-back melodies and ravish the ear with his sweet and sour harmonies on this worthy re-release.
The Times

The Finzi singers are among England’s finest choirs devoted to music of the 20th Century. Their smooth technique, rich tome (for Brits), and beautifully nuanced readings do this exalted music full justice. Nicely remastered sound and full texts complete an irresistible package. An essential investment.
American Record Guide

Reviews from original releases:
‘The Finzi Singers, 18-strong, give a fresh and atmospheric, beautifully-moulded performance’
The Penguin Complete Guide

‘The imaginative registration, choral tone, recorded sound and written presentation are all admirable features of ahighly recommendable disc’.
Gramophone

‘A choir of real accomplishment that goes from strength to strength with every disc it makes.’
The Independent



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