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Howells: Missa Sabrinensis / Stabat Mater
 
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Howells: Missa Sabrinensis / Stabat Mater

1 Aug 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Aug 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Chandos
  • Total Length: 2:07:46
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  • ASIN: B001MV2Q7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,750 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By op on 13 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
When the two works were available separately at full price, I thought several times about buying them, but there was always something else that I 'needed' more urgently. I have long loved the Hymnus Paradisi and the Reguiem among other works by Howells, and when I finally bought this double set, I was not disappointed. I have to say that although the Missa Sabrinensis is a wonderful and glowing work, and, of the two, is closer to Hyymnus Paradisi, I listen to the Statabt Mater more often. There is a chill to much of the music that aptly and movingly reflects the times in which it was written. To my mind, it runs the Requiem very close as Howells' masterpiece.

Someone commented elsewhere that if you like Hymnus Paradisi, you will enjoy these disks. I absolutely agree. This double set is a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By briania on 3 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
As a member of the Royal Choral Society, I took part in the first London performance of Missa Sabrinensis during a winter in the 1950s at the Royal Albert Hall under Sir Malcolm Sargent. There were very few in the audience and, because the then smog had infiltrated the Hall, we couldn't see the seats opposite the choir stalls. Serious attempts to improve the acoustics of the Hall had not yet been made and consequently at the end of loud passages we heard eerie echoes coming through the smog like a ghostly choir. Howells had taken most of the rehearsals and, through wasting time explaining the structure of his composition, had not ensured that the 600-strong chorus was adequately prepared. Sargent arrived for the last three rehearsals and was in despair. The performance was the first occasion for a "run-through" by the chorus and orchestra together and it was disastrous - at one point in a double chorus section Choir A was four pages behind Choir B!
Nevertheless the haunting atmosphere of the composition remained with me and this excellent modern performance is a joy to hear, though I recommend following the vocal score simultaneously for a better understanding of the work's complexity.
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I had never heard this before. Not my favourite Howells composition by a long way!
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Howells and his two neglected choral works 21 Feb 2014
By Eric S. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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To be quite honest, I don't know much about Herbert Howells. All I know is that he's an English composer from the 20th Century. This 2-CD set from Chandos seems like a very good introduction to his music. It features two choral works: Stabat Mater and Missa Sabrinensis. Apparently, Hymnus Paradisi is his most popular choral composition, while his other two are often pushed aside collecting dust. After the first listening, Stabat Mater and Missa Sabrinensis do sound modern but they're far from avant-garde. They do contain complex orchestrations, and some melodies are considered quite colorful. Stabat Mater is lyrical and heavenly for most of the time, while Missa Sabrinensis is filled with iron power (what with its loud brass and percussion and all). The contrasts don't matter, however, because both choral works have a strong sense of raw religious animation. I do admit that Missa Sabrinensis is something that listeners might have to get used to after repeated listening. Some sections are much too aggressive to the point that it doesn't sound like a religious piece at all. In the end, SM and MS are spectacular in their own way. I'm sure these two will make me want to explore Howells's musical bibliography even more.

As for the performances on this 2-CD set, I can't really say much. Gennady Rozhdestvensky, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and the soloists do a fine job with the material. It really does sound like they put a lot of passion into their playing/singing.

Official Grade: 8.4 out of 10
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