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Howells : Requiem and other choral works [CD]

Christopher Robinson Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Christopher Robinson
  • Composer: Herbert Howells
  • Audio CD (4 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000026D1K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,572 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Magnificat and Nunc dimitis, St. Paul's: MagnificatChristopher Robinson 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Magnificat and Nunc dimitis, St. Paul's: Nunc dimittisIain Farrington 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Like as the hart: Like as the HartChristopher Robinson 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Paean for OrganIain Farrington 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Requiem: Salvator mundiChristopher Robinson 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Requiem: Psalm 23Christopher Robinson 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Requiem: Requiem aeternam (1)Christopher Robinson 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Requiem: Psalm 121Christopher Robinson 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Requiem: Requiem aeternam (2)Christopher Robinson 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Requiem: I Heard a Voice from HeavenChristopher Robinson 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Long, Long ago: Long, Long AgoChristopher Robinson 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Office of Holy Communion: KyrieChristopher Robinson 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Office of Holy Communion: CredoChristopher Robinson 5:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Office of Holy Communion: SanctusChristopher Robinson 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Office of Holy Communion: BenedictusChristopher Robinson 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Office of Holy Communion: Agnus DeiChristopher Robinson 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Office of Holy Communion: Gloria in ExcelsisChristopher Robinson 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Rhapsody,Op. 17, No. 3: Rhapsody No. 3 for OrganIain Farrington 7:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Take him, earth, for cherishing: Take Him, Earth, for CherishingChristopher Robinson 7:49£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description Review

One of the most gifted composers of his generation, Herbert Howells (1892-1983) once observed how "all through my life I've had this strange feeling that I somehow belonged to the Tudor period"; you can hear something of this deep-rooted quality in his sublime Christmas anthem of 1940, Long, Long Ago. If the incredibly moving motet Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing (written in 1963 for JFK's memorial service) remains probably the best-known piece here, the most substantial is surely the intensely personal Requiem (composed in 1933, but only published 48 years later), material from which resurfaces in Howells's 1938 choral masterpiece Hymnus Paradisi. Christopher Robinson and his exemplary St. John's forces lend equally sympathetic advocacy to the thrillingly sumptuous Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis written for St. Paul's Cathedral and the 1956 Communion Service based on material from the unforgettable 1943 Collegium Regale service that Howells wrote for King's College, Cambridge. Throw in fine performances by Iain Farrington of the Rhapsody No. 3 and Paean for organ (an instrument of which Howells was an absolute master) and you have a winner of an anthology, extremely well recorded. --Andrew Achenbach

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is surely the finest recording of Howells' beautiful Requiem, which was originally written for Kings' College Cambridge, and not in memory of his son, Michael, as previously thought (Michael's memorial is that other great Howells work, "Hymnus Paridisi"). Like Brahms, Howells exchanged the text of the traditional Latin "Missa Defunctis" for a sequence of Psalms and other sacred texts, including the "Salvator Mundi" in English, the 23rd psalm, and the Introit from the Requiem Mass, amongst others.

Alongside the Requiem features the beautiful St Paul's Service, two glorious organ pieces (the pedal reeds make the speakers shake!), and the motet "Take him, earth, for cherishing" - one of the most moving and perfect of choral motets to have been written in the 20th century.

The recording is surely unsurpassed by the ever-excellent choir of St John's College, Cambridge (a choir which Howells directed during the war), and is under the skilled and assured baton of the great Christopher Robinson. Both the performance and the sound quality are superb, and the acoustics are perfect for the repertoire. Soloists also make a brief appearance in the Requiem are really quite something, and the tone of the trebles in the choir is soft and lilting whilst maintaining clarity and purity of tone - something which makes St John's stand out from other Cambridge Colleges.

A truly superb recording from the Naxos label once again, which enjoys pride of place amongst my Howells discs.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 10 April 2002
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This recording is absolutely sublime - a must for anybody even remotely interested in English choral music. I bought it purely for the track "like as the hart," which has long been my favourite anthem, and I was not disappointed by the St. John's performance of it. However, the highlight of this CD for me is the singing of psalm 121; I have never heard it sung like this before. It is the most awe-inspiring piece and the voice of the baritone singing it is majestic. It would be worth ten times the price to hear this. I can honestly recommend this to you as an amazing buy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howells, master of 20th century church music 29 Jan 2004
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Herbert Howells music is a must for all interested in choir church music. His quiet and complex harmonies hit those special nerves that make you shiver in delight!
I strongly recommend his music to all.
His Requiem my favourite work on this disc. I am not overly pleased at the low tempo on this recording, but it is still immensely enjoyable.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive music on a cheap label 28 Oct 1999
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St John's choir is renowned amongst the cognoscenti as the better of Cambridge University's two choirs (although both are now faced with stiff competition in the shape of the increasingly competent St John's Singers). I believe this is the first of the choir's releases to be issued on the budget Naxos label, and a very welcome decision this is - this music, by a comparatively neglected English composer, deserves a very wide circulation. This disc opens with a warm and flowing rendition of the St Paul's Canticles, redolent of a fine Stilton; at once tangy and richly complex. It is difficult to choose highlights from among the 76 minutes of vibrancy and passion, but the final "Take him, Earth, for cherishing" - which surely is to John F. Kennedy what Tavener's "Song for Athene" is to the late Princess of Wales - is utterly bewitching, and the organ soli (Paean for Organ and Rhapsody No. 3, played with youthful verve by Farrington) is a dynamic roller-coaster ride. In summary, this is a thoroughly enjoyable incursion into the mass market by the hitherto cloistered and rarified voices of St John's.
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