Classical Music Home
Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
Classical Music Home > HOWELLS: Hymnus paradisi / Sir Patrick Spens

HOWELLS: Hymnus paradisi / Sir Patrick Spens


Back Cover Image 
About this Recording

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

For U.S. only:
Buy from
For Sweden:
Buy from Ginza
For Canada only:
Buy from
For Sweden:
Buy from Naxos Sweden
For U.S. and Canada:
Buy from H & B Direct
For U.K. only:
Buy from Townsend Records
For Germany and Europe:
Buy from
For Germany only:
Buy from
For U.S. and Canada:
Buy from
For Worldwide:
Buy from Presto Classical
For U.S. and Canada:
Naxos Direct
Buy from J&R
For France:
Abeille Musique
For U.K. Only:
Buy from
For U.S.:
Barnes & Nobles
For Germany:
Buy from


 Tell a Friend |  Bookmark this page Digg It |  Bookmark this page |  Add to Facebook Facebook |  FURL FURL |  Add to MySpace MySpace |  Stumbleupon StumbleUpon |  Twitter Twitter

Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
8:34:49 PM, 12 February 2016
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2016 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.