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Herbert Howells: Collegium Regale / Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Stephen Layton

Album Summary

>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum and Jubilate, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
>Howells, Herbert : Psalm 122 for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : I love all beauteous things, for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : The Office of the Holy Communion (Collegium Regale), for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : Psalm 121 "I will Lift up Mine Eyes" for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : Behold, O God Our Defender for chorus
>Howells, Herbert : Rhapsody for organ no 1 in D flat major
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In spite of being a relative outsider, Herbert Howells provided the church with one of its greatest choral masterpieces. The Collegium Regale is truly one of the glories of the Anglican repertoire. Stephen Layton and his award-winning Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge recorded the 'Coll Reg' in the glorious acoustic of Coventry Cathedral. The program also features a selection of other choral works including two the composer's Psalm settings.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2016
The Evening Service boasts some beautifully controlled singing from the sopranos in particular, their deft tapering of quiet dynamics in the Magnificat heightening the introspective quality of Howells's setting... you could take dictation from the two Psalm settings, so clean is the diction, so revealing Layton's phrasing and punctuation... you'll go a long way to find performances that understand [this] music better, or wear their sensitivity so lightly.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2016
This is a stunning recording in so many respects. Attention to dynamic detail, especially the hushed quality of the Magnificat, brings out the ethereal, not to say numinous character of this highly original miniature... the darker, modal hues of the Te Deum and Jubilate benefit from the lavish role of the Coventry Cathedral organ... while moments of more characteristic Anglican prayerfulness are shaped by Layton and the Trinity choir with true, intimate poetry.

The Guardian, 3rd April 2016
The excellent singing is full-bodied and lustrous throughout, with just the right sense of momentum. Particular mention for tenor Jamie Roberts for his plangent Nunc dimittis.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concentry Cathedral (06/30/2014-07/03/2014).



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>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum and Jubilate, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
  • Performer: Owain Park (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Trinity College Choir, Cambridge
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Howells, Herbert : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
  • Performer: Owain Park (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Howells, Herbert : Psalm 122 for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Owain Park (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : I love all beauteous things, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Eleanor Kornas (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : The Office of the Holy Communion (Collegium Regale), for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Eleanor Kornas (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 17 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Howells, Herbert : Psalm 121 "I will Lift up Mine Eyes" for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Eleanor Kornas (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : Behold, O God Our Defender for chorus
  • Performer: Eleanor Kornas (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Howells, Herbert : Rhapsody for organ no 1 in D flat major
  • Performer: Owain Park (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Howells, Herbert : Te Deum and Jubilate, for chorus & organ (Collegium Regale)
  • Performer: Owain Park (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Running Time: 12 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944