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HOWELLS: Hymnus paradisi / Sir Patrick Spens


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HOWELLS: Hymnus paradisi / Sir Patrick Spens

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.

Howells, Herbert

  Sir Patrick Spens, Op. 23
1.   Sir Patrick Spens, Op. 23 00:19:49

Howells, Herbert
Bible - Old Testament, lyricist(s)

  Hymnus Paradisi
2.   I. Preludio 00:03:52
3.   II. Requiem aeternam 00:09:21
4.   III. Psalm 23, The Lord is My Shepherd 00:07:22
5.   IV. Sanctus 00:09:46
6.   V. I heard a voice from heaven 00:04:40
7.   VI. Holy is the true Light 00:09:38

Total Playing Time: 01:04:28

Howells, Herbert

Bible - Old Testament

Hill, David

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bach Choir, The

Butler, Katy; Gilchrist, James; Rutter, Claire; Williams, Roderick

Label: Naxos

Series: English Choral Music

Genre: Choral - Sacred; Choral - Secular

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570352

Barcode: 747313035274

Physical Release: 06/2007

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