Howells, Herbert - Hymnus paradisi / Sir Patrick Spens - Hill, David (conductor)

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Herbert Howells is known chiefly for his church music, arguably the finest by any English composer of the twentieth century. Sir Patrick Spens, Howells’ first attempt at writing a large-scale choral work, has received only one known performance until this recording. Hymnus paradisi was composed under heart-breaking circumstances following the death of the composer’s son, Michael, aged nine. As Howells later wrote: ‘The sudden loss of an only son … might impel a composer … to seek release and consolation in a language and terms most personal to him. Music may well have power … to offer that release and comfort. It did so in my case.’ Throughout this deeply moving work, in which the human tragedy of a boy’s death and a father’s grief are enshrined, Howells’ command of choral and orchestral polyphony is masterly.

Katy Butler, soprano
Claire Rutter, soprano
James Gilchrist, tenor
Roderick Williams, baritone
Bach Choir; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill
Herbert Howells
1. Sir Patrick Spens, Op. 23

Hymnus Paradisi
2. I. Preludio
3. II. Requiem aeternam
4. III. Psalm 23, The Lord is My Shepherd
5. IV. Sanctus
6. V. I heard a voice from heaven
7. VI. Holy is the true Light

Artikelnummer 8570352
Streckkod 0747313035274
Utgivningsdatum 2007-06-25
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Naxos
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Hill, David (conductor)
Dirigenter Hill, David
Kompositörer Howells, Herbert
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