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Choral Music by Herbert Howells

Album Summary

>Howells, Herbert : The summer is coming
>Howells, Herbert : Sweetest of sweets
>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
>Howells, Herbert : One Thing Have I Desired, motet for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : Antiphon
>Howells, Herbert : Walking in the Snow, for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : A Grace for 10 Downing Street, for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : Here is the little door
>Howells, Herbert : God be in my head, for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : Long, long ago
>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum and Jubilate, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
>Howells, Herbert : Dallas Canticles
>Howells, Herbert : Hymn for St Cecilia, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

"Eschew vibrato as a choir, and you risk the ignominy of uncovering all kinds of approximations in pitch, ensemble and inflection. While few groups can withstand such scrutiny, the Rodolfus ensemble can. It comprises of recent 'graduates' of conductor Ralph Allwood's famous Eton Choral Courses. Their expertise is obvious in the unaccompanied setting 'The Summer is Coming' which opens this recital: the purity and unanimity of the soprano monodies at the piece's beginning are later matched by the poised articulacy of the other voices, nailing tight, adjacent intervals pin-perfectly while maintaining the type of relaxed vocal production that betokens true class and technical quality... It's not just technical quality that's on offer here, however. The supple account of 'A Spotless Rose' is full of expressivity, as are the potentially mechanistic ululations of 'Sing Lullaby', where the shifting dynamic contours of the piece are traced in enviably organic fashion... Put simply, this disc has quality stamped all over it, and it's graced by Paul Andrews's exemplary notes. -BBC Music Magazine (*****)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009).



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>Howells, Herbert : The summer is coming
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Howells, Herbert : Sweetest of sweets
  • Performers: Simon Lee; Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Howells, Herbert : One Thing Have I Desired, motet for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for Chorus
  • Performers: Alex Jones (Organ); Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1919

>Howells, Herbert : Antiphon
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Howells, Herbert : Walking in the Snow, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : A Grace for 10 Downing Street, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Marcus Roberts (Piano); Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : Here is the little door
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1918

>Howells, Herbert : God be in my head, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : Long, long ago
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum and Jubilate, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Howells, Herbert : Dallas Canticles :: Magnificat
  • Performers: Dorothea Harris (Organ); Imogen Ogilvie (Organ); Margaret Walker (Organ); Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/12/1975

>Howells, Herbert : Dallas Canticles :: Nunc Dimittis
  • Performers: Fergus McIntosh (Organ); Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/12/1975

>Howells, Herbert : Hymn for St Cecilia, for chorus
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Notes: St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (01/02/2009-01/06/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1959-1960