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Howells: Stabat Mater / Benjamin Hulett, tenor; Alison Hill, soprano; The Bach Choir; Bournemouth SO; Hill

Album Summary

>Howells, Herbert : Stabat Mater, for tenor solo, chorus & orchestra
>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum and Jubilate
>Howells, Herbert : Sine nomine
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The three works on this recording mark staging posts in Herbert Howells's compositional life. Sine nomine was commissioned at Elgar's instigation when Howells was 30 and is predominantly orchestral, with wordless parts for the two vocal soloists. This arch-like 'spiritual meditation' was his first extended work for larger forces. Like the Hymnus paradisi (Naxos 8.570352), the Stabat Mater is a direct musical reponse to the death of the composer's nine year-old son, and further reveals his mastery of choral and orchestral polyphony. The Te Deum signaled a fresh and new approach to settings of Anglican canticles.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2014
Though there is much emotional turbulence in this music, Hill maintains a compelling life and forward momentum in Howells's immensely contrapuntal score...The Bach Choir has a palpable vibrancy in its range and layers of dynamics which are complemented by the extensive and highly sensitive palette of Howells's orchestra...and the incisive solo tenor role of Benjamin Hulett.

International Record Review, December 2014
The choral singing is superb...Hulett is quite wonderful to hear: lyrical, natural, unforced, never strained as he rises affectingly above the orchestra...the whole team of singers and instrumentalists respond with the utmost fervour. to Hill's evidently inspiring leadership. This is a triumph for all concerned.

MusicWeb International, November 2014
This is a mandatory purchase for all who love the music of Herbert Howells and even if you have the Rozhdestvensky recording of Stabat Mater you won't regret the duplication.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK (11/30/2013-12/01/2013).



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>Howells, Herbert : Stabat Mater, for tenor solo, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Benjamin Hulett (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: The Bach Choir
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK (11/30/2013-12/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 47 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum and Jubilate :: Te Deum
  • Performer: Benjamin Hulett (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: The Bach Choir
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK (11/30/2013-12/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Howells, Herbert : Sine nomine :: A Phantasy, for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra, Op. 37
  • Performers: Alison Hill (Soprano); Benjamin Hulett (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: The Bach Choir
  • Notes: The Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, UK (11/30/2013-12/01/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922