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Howells & Vaughan Williams: Requiem & Mass [CD]

Matthew Best Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Conductor: Matthew Best
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0012Y1HHI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,216 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kyrie
2. Gloria
3. Credo
4. Sanctus
5. Agnus Dei
6. Te Deum In G - Ralph Vaughan Williams
7. Salvator Mundi
8. Psalm 23
9. Requiem Aeternam
10. Psalm 121
11. Requiem Aeternam
12. I Heard a Voice from Heaven
13. Take Him, Earth for Cherishing - Herbert Howells

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5.0 out of 5 stars Howells and Vaughan Williams 3 July 2011
By Sam
Format:Audio CD
This is probably my favourite CD. The Howells is one of the most beautiful things you'll ever hear and the choir is more sensitive than you could wish for. Buy it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent singing spoilt by poor pitch control 13 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is, indeed, a finely sung CD - but with one almost unbelievable error which has been allowed through.
The second movement of the Howells Requiem is sung a whole semitone sharp - the soloists at the start beging way off pitch and drift upwards. This makes for a disconcerting clash with the surrounding movements. How such a fault was allowed through by both conductor and the record producer (for one of the world's best classical labels) is beyond me.
Take him Earthe for Cherishing is, however, sublimely sung.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent howells requiem 2 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD
The gem on this disc is the Howells Requiem, written under the shadow of personal tragedy in 1936, but never performed in its original form until 1980. It doesn't follow the "standard" form, employing the texts of two Psalms (23 and 121) each of which is followed by a "Requiem aeternam." The Psalms are beautifully set, and the singing here, both choral and solo, is excellent. The music is very rarely loud, and that's just as well, because as recorded, the sopranos tend to sound a bit glassy and edgy in the loud high passages, and this is cause for some discomfort in "Take him, earth, for cherishing," Howell's lovely motet for the assassinated President Kennedy. The Vaughan Williams items are well done, with the caveat about the sopranos, but his settings seem less expressively interesting than Howells's, though they strike an unpretentious devotional note that is very appealing. I own the original Hyperion issue, and one wonders if this more recent Helios re-issue has been remastered. If it has, and if the sopranos sound better, then five stars might be in order. Either way, the Howells Requiem is superbly done.
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