In over fifty years of buying recordings this is quite simply the most beautiful music I've ever heard - every track awes, so much so that my throat clenches as my emotions well up; needless to say the singing and playing are truly matched.
A lot of thought has gone into the selection by Owen Rees of choral works that influenced and were influenced by Herbert Howells. If you reprogram the order of play the CD's title track Howell's motet 'The house of the mind' (1954 - originally composed for chorus and string orchestra, here organ) sits at the centre with seven tracks either side - lending shape to the discs other theme emphasised in the original Joseph Beaumont poem of the same name, 'concerned with the mind as a place of inward refuge in which God can dwell', writes Owen Rees, whose six page booklet essay expands and informs.
The contributions range over one hundred years, from Howells via David Bednall, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Villiers Stanford, John Scott, Patrick Hadley and the American composer Nico Muhly, from 1916 through 2016. This is a CD that is firing my imagination and making me think - as I journey with the splendours of it's mystery and beauty.