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Herbert Howells: Choral Music / Wells Cathedral Choir, Archer

Album Summary

>Howells, Herbert : Sequence for St Michael
>Howells, Herbert : Hymn for St Cecilia, for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Anthems (4) for Chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum (Windsor Service)
>Howells, Herbert : Benedictus (Windsor Service)
>Howells, Herbert : I love all beauteous things, for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : Salve Regina, for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : New College Service
>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
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Notes & Reviews:

Recorded as Malcolm Archer's farewell to Wells Cathedral prior to his prestigious appointment to St. Paul's in London, this generously filled album presents some of Howells's best choral works, some well known, others less so. His settings of the Canticles set the benchmark for twentieth-century liturgical composition and led to the composer being besieged by commission requests from cathedrals and collegiate chapels. This program includes the Morning Canticles written for St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle and the Evening Canticles, which constitute the 'New College Service.' Several of the other pieces included here are less famous, but all display their composer's inimitable mastery of form and choral technique.

BBC Music Magazine
The phrasing of Malcolm Archer’s Wells Cathedral Choir is unobtrusively intelligent, Howells’ long, powerfully expanding crescendos emerging as naturally evolving arcs in the ongoing argument. Tonal blend is excellent, and there is no superficial straining for effect whatsoever. This is genuinely devotional singing, technique placed at the disposal of the music’s spiritual message. Rupert Gough’s organ accompaniments are exemplary.

The Scottsman
The sound is focused and radiant, the ensemble immaculate, and Rupert Gough provides charismatic organ accompaniment.



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Works Details

>Howells, Herbert : Sequence for St Michael
  • Performers: Rupert Gough (Organ); Iain Macleod-Jones (Voice)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Howells, Herbert : Hymn for St Cecilia, for chorus
  • Performer: Rupert Gough (Organ)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1959-1960

>Howells, Herbert : Anthems (4) for Chorus
  • Performer: Rupert Gough (Organ)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum (Windsor Service)
  • Performers: Rupert Gough (Organ); Christopher Sheldrake (Bass)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : Benedictus (Windsor Service)
  • Performer: Rupert Gough (Organ)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Howells, Herbert : I love all beauteous things, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Rupert Gough (Organ)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : Salve Regina, for chorus
  • Performer: Rupert Gough (Organ)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : New College Service
  • Performer: Rupert Gough (Organ)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : Carol-Anthems (3) for chorus
  • Performers: Stephen Foulkes (Baritone); Rupert Gough (Organ)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918-1920

>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
  • Performer: Rupert Gough (Organ)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Archer
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945