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Howells: Hymnus Paradisi, Sir Patrick Spens / Hill, et al

Album Summary

>Howells, Herbert : Sir Patrick Spens, for tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 23
>Howells, Herbert : Hymnus Paradisi for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On 'Sir Patrick Spens': "Putting my cards on the table straight away I must state three things. Firstly I cannot for the life of me see how a work of this stature could have lain in the archives of the Royal College of Music for nearly 80 years. Secondly the quality of the music belies the fact that it was the composer's first excursion into writing for large scale choral forces. And lastly, the work is more approachable than Hymnus Paradisi and more satisfying than the Kent Yeoman's Wooing Song.

Naxos has done a sterling service to the Howells repertoire in particular and for English music in general. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the major musical events of the year... there is no doubt that we are dealing with a great work here, if not a minor masterpiece." -MusicWeb



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>Howells, Herbert : Sir Patrick Spens, for tenor, baritone, chorus & orchestra, Op. 23
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Bach Choir
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, England (09/16/2006-09/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Howells, Herbert : Hymnus Paradisi for soprano, tenor, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Claire Rutter (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Hill
  • Ensemble: Bach Choir
  • Notes: Concert Hall, Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset, England (09/16/2006-09/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 43 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1938