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HOWELLS: Rhapsodic Quintet / Violin Sonata No. 3


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HOWELLS: Rhapsodic Quintet / Violin Sonata No. 3

Although Herbert Howells is known chiefly for his large body of church music, arguably the finest by any English composer of the twentieth century, he also wrote major choral, orchestral and chamber works. At the outset of his career Howells came to prominence largely through a series of striking chamber compositions including the Rhapsodic Quintet of 1919, which he described as having ‘a mystic quality’. Dedicated to one of the great violinists of the time, Albert Sammons, the Third Violin Sonata arose directly from Howells’s visit to Canada four years later. The overwhelming impact that the Rocky Mountains made on the composer when he travelled through them by train is reflected in the more dissonant and chromatic harmony compared with his other works of the period.

Howells, Herbert

  Rhapsodic Quintet, Op. 31
1.   Lento, ma appassionato - a tempo, tranquillo - Più mosso, inquieto - Doppio movimento ritmico, e non troppo Allegro - Più elato... 00:11:31
  Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
2.   I. Con moto dolce e con tenerezza 00:10:57
3.   II. Allegro ritmico con brio 00:10:33
  Prelude for Harp
4.   Prelude for Harp 00:05:58
  A Near-Minuet for Clarinet and Piano
5.   A Near - Minuet for Clarinet and Piano 00:02:42
  Violin Sonata No. 3 in E Minor, Op.38
6.   I. Poco allegro, semplice 00:10:21
7.   II. Allegro moderato, assai ritmico 00:03:32
8.   III. Vivace, assai ritmico 00:10:31

Total Playing Time: 01:06:05

Howells, Herbert


Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557188

Barcode: 0747313218820

Physical Release: 04/2004

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