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Howells: Choral Music [Malcolm Archer, Rupert Gough, Wells Cathedral Choir] [Hyperion: CDH55456]

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  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Composer: Herbert Howells
  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00GMH2VUC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Sequence for St Michael [10'59]
  2. A Hymn for St Cecilia [3'17]
  3. O pray for the peace of Jerusalem No 1 of Four Anthems [7'15]
  4. St Georges Windsor Service | Te Deum [10'47]
  5. St Georges Windsor Service | Benedictus [6'34]
  6. I love all beauteous things [6'32]
  7. Salve regina No 4 of Four Anthems to the Blessed Virgin Mary [4'42] - Wells Cathedral Choir
  8. New College Service | Magnificat [6'16]
  9. New College Service | Nunc dimittis [3'12]
  10. Three Carol-Anthems | A Spotless Rose [3'08] - Wells Cathedral Choir
  11. Three Carol-Anthems | Sing lullaby [3'28] - Wells Cathedral Choir
  12. Three Carol-Anthems | Here is the little door [3'51] - Wells Cathedral Choir
  13. Collegium Regale Kings College Cambridge Service | Magnificat [5'15]
  14. Collegium Regale Kings College Cambridge Service | Nunc dimittis [4'15]

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Recorded as Malcolm Archer's farewell from Wells Cathedral prior to his prestigious appointment to St Paul's in London, this generously filled album presents some of Howells's best choral works, some well known, others less so.

In 1944 Howells wrote a set of Morning Canticles for King's College, Cambridge. With the Evening Canticles recorded here coming the following year, the 'Coll. Reg.' settings immediately set the benchmark for twentieth-century liturgical composition and led to the composer being besieged by requests from cathedrals and collegiate chapels for other such 'custom-built' settings. It was the composer's innate understanding of the individual characteristicsacoustic, architecture and choral timbreof each foundation which made these works so successful and popular. This programme includes the Morning Canticles written for St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and the Evening Canticles which constitute the 'New College Service'.

Ever the master of the choral miniature, the Three Carol-Anthems are among Howells's most perennially popular works, having been recorded and performed across the globe. Several of the other pieces included here are less famous, but all display their composer's inimitable mastery of form and choral technique.

Review

Excellent, idiomatic performances, with a particularly strong response to the lyrical and introspective elements in Howells's writing. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine, June'14

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An absolutely first rate Wells recording of some standard and less well known Howells repertoire. The Collegium Regale canticles here have to be one of the most sumptuously sung versions on record, and they make an excellent case for the New College Service as well. It lacks some of the imagination of Howells at his best, but the setting of the words "He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant, Israel" makes it worth listening to, and the Gloria is excitingly theatrical. The treble line is very well blended and the men make a sound that it big, warm but not at all wobbly.

The organ playing throughout is refined and well balanced, with Hyperion offering a sound which is not too closely miked but still full of detail. To cap it all, Archer's interpretative points and tempi are spot on - these are big boned, affirmative performances. At Helios' reduced pricing, I strongly recommend this, alongside the more recent Trinity Cambridge disk (conducted by Stephen Layton - also on Hyperion) and the older King's recording on Argo (conducted by Stephen Cleobury) as an ideal introduction to Howells' music for the Anglican liturgy.
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Another good one from Wells
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