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  • Audio CD (3 July 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos 241
  • ASIN: B000FMR3ZI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Herbert Howells is widely regarded as amongst the most gifted English composers of the generation that succeeded Elgar. His is a very special voice, with a strong sense of place and inhabiting a unique sound world. He is probably the greatest contributor to the renaissance of English choral and liturgical music. His music is often intensely beautiful and has a visionary quality which is very moving in his best works. This collection of choral works provides an excellent introduction to Howells. It is all beautifully sung and recorded.
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Whilst this collection treads some familiar ground, it also heads off into less familiar areas of Howells' extensive choral library. The Te Deum for example is not the wonderful, but perhaps too obvious, Collegium Regale version and all the better for it. I'd also never previously heard the Mass in the Dorian Mode. There are better Howells "Greatest Hits" recordings out there, but this is definitely one for those who prefer to enjoy Howells at his best and at their leisure. Fine recording; excellent selection.
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HASH(0x979f9f6c) out of 5 stars Gorgeous modern choral music 19 Sept. 2006
By R. A. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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This very reasonably priced two disc compilation first caught my eye with its beautiful cover art (carried onto the notes and even the discs themselves). Being familiar with the well-known "Long, Long Ago" and "Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing" I was eager for more of Howells' choral music. I picked up the set and have been utterly delighted with it.

The set seems designed to supplement recordings of Howells' larger choral masterpieces, and it covers most of his career. Earlier pieces, such as the "Nunc Dimittis" and "Haec Dies," are influenced by Renaissance polyphony, itself undergoing rediscovery as Howells began composing. Later works here display the full flowering of modern harmony, often in very lush accounts.

The Finzi Singers are simply marvelous. Entrances and intonation are always dead on, and the singers manage the marked chromatic and dynamic modulations flawlessly. The pieces here were recorded through the 1990's, usually in moderately resonant spaces, and with transparent engineering.

Most of these works are for unaccompanied choir, while a few have organ acccompaniment. Notes are useful without being pedantic, and the entire package is very well done. Urgently recommended to anyone who loves modern choral music, indeed to those who love choral music generally.
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HASH(0x979a63f0) out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful modern choral music! 27 Sept. 2010
By Rev. Ben Cox - Published on Amazon.com
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This cd collection of the music of Herbert Howells is stunningly beautiful!! The acoustics in the various locations are clear as a bell and the choir is stupendous, being that much of this music is difficult and sung unaccompanied! Spicer and the Finzi singers do a wonderful job. If you are interested in contemporary English choral music, don't miss this one!!
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