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Herbert Howells: The Winchester Service / Andrew Lumsden / Winchester Cathedral Choir

Album Summary

>Howells, Herbert : Jubilate (Chapel Royal Service)
>Howells, Herbert : Thee will I love
>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Winchester Service)
>Howells, Herbert : Rhapsody for organ No 4
>Howells, Herbert : Come, My Soul for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum ("For the Church of St. Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol")
>Howells, Herbert : Coventry Antiphon, for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Flourish for a Bidding, for organ
>Howells, Herbert : Antiphon
>Howells, Herbert : The Fear of the Lord, anthem
>Howells, Herbert : Exultate Deo, for chorus & organ
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion's recordings with the Winchester Cathedral Choir are among the brightest jewels in the label's choral music catalog. Led by the choir's new director of music, Andrew Lumsden, this disc features a composer who was at the center of the English twentieth-century choral tradition. Herbert Howells, a unique and distinctive voice in church music, is best known for his lyrical compositions of the 1940s and 50s including the celebrated anthem Like as the Hart. However, Howells' unjustly neglected late works are equal in beauty and intensity and it is these works that are featured on this superb recording. The Winchester Service, written in 1969, has its roots in plainchant and demonstrates the sophistication and depth of the composer's harmonic palette. The choir displays a clear affinity with the composer, performing with sensitivity and precision and producing a glorious sound that is quintessentially English.

"this recording by a radiant Winchester Cathedral Choir urges a thorough reappraisal [of the lesser-known works]. The long, fluid lines, startling cadences and massive chords which are so unique to Howells are all here in "their" service, and they delight in some smaller works, particularly "Thee Will I Love" from 1970, with Simon Bell adding some delicious organ solos." -The Observer

International Record Review
The Winchester Cathedral Choir is first-rate: intelligently responsive to texts, phrasing naturally shaped and with near flawless ensemble and dynamic control, all admirably demonstrated throughout...These are uniformly excellent performances and the recording quality is detailed yet superbly spacious.

Financial Times
What this CD underlines is that, for all their trickiness of execution, with a harmonic range from the archaic to the chromatic, these pieces are vintage Howells. And far from constituting "old man's music", works like Antiphon and Exultate Deo express a joyful vitality. The performances, conducted by Andrew Lumsden with organist Simon Bell, thrive on the radiant Winchester Cathedral acoustic.

Gramophone Magazine
This is one of the most beautiful CDs of choral music you're likely to hear...the magnificent Winchester Cathedral Choir give performances of near-perfection that sound completely effortless...There's an ideal blend and balance between upper and lower voices, and the trebles have a warm, glowing brightness...Simon Bell provides impeccable accompaniments with intimate colouring. He also displays tremendous virtuosity in the two organ solos

BBC Music Magazine
The performances of the Winchester Cathedral Choir are so good that you hardly register the need to 'assess' them - exactly as it should be in devotional music. That's a huge tribute to the state of singing at the cathedral, and to Andrew Lumsden, whoe directs it. A marvellous CD, beautifully planned and executed.

Classic FM Magazine
The line-up of boy choristers can compete in terms of strength and incision with the best among their cathedral and collegiate peers. Their tonal richness and compelling collective conviction, outstanding in Come, my Soul and Howells's virtuosic Te Deum, bear witness to a choral institution clearly on the rise...Winchester's assistant director of music, Simon Bell, also commands attention with bold, imaginatively voiced organ playing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010).



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Works Details

>Howells, Herbert : Jubilate (Chapel Royal Service)
  • Performers: Simon Bell (Organ); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Ensemble: Winchester Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Howells, Herbert : Thee will I love
  • Performers: Simon Bell (Organ); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Winchester Service)
  • Performers: Simon Bell (Organ); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/07/1967

>Howells, Herbert : Rhapsody for organ No 4
  • Performers: Simon Bell (Organ); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Howells, Herbert : Come, My Soul for chorus
  • Performers: William Kendall (Tenor); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum ("For the Church of St. Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol")
  • Performers: Simon Bell (Organ); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Howells, Herbert : Coventry Antiphon, for chorus
  • Performers: Simon Bell (Organ); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1961

>Howells, Herbert : Flourish for a Bidding, for organ
  • Performers: Simon Bell (Organ); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Howells, Herbert : Antiphon
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Howells, Herbert : The Fear of the Lord, anthem
  • Performers: Simon Bell (Organ); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Howells, Herbert : Exultate Deo, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Simon Bell (Organ); Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lumsden
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral (03/22/2010-03/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974