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Herbert Howells Stabat Mater

“Herbert Howells occupies a special place in English choral music …”

“Herbert Howells (1892-1983) occupies a special place in English  choral music as the composer of fresh, 20th-century approaches to the Anglican rite and as the creator of larger-scale works, the last of which, his Stabat Mater, he completed for the Bach Choir in 1965. Here, David Hill uses a score marked up by Howells with several radical tempi changes that […]


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New Somm CD - music of Herbert Howells

When first thine eies unveil from Herbert Howells

Herbert Howells –  When first thine eies unveil “Hot on the heels of the Bach Choir’s recent Howells Stabat Mater (see next post) comes this collection from the ever-rewarding Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir.  Paul Spicer was a pupil of  Herbert Howells and here traces the creative development of Britain’s supreme 20th-century composer for the liturgy, including three […]


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David Childs and his Symphonic Euphonium

For many years since its invention in 1843 the euphonium was only to be heard in ensembles, but recent decades have seen a dramatic increase in the popularity of the euphonium as a solo instrument. Today David Childs leads the way as the world’s foremost euphonium soloist, making the case for this once neglected instrument […]


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Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius & Sea Pictures CHSA51402

The Dream of Gerontius and Sea Pictures

Now available! Chandos Records is delighted to present a new recording of Elgar’s choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius and the enduringly popular song cycle Sea Pictures.  The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, a peerless Elgarian who this year was awarded the prestigious Elgar Society Medal in recognition of […]


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The Platinum Collection Karl Jenkins

The Armed Man, Adiemus Songs of Sanctuary …

KARL JENKINS – The Platinum Collection The hugely successful EMI Platinum Collection series continues with three classic best-selling Karl Jenkins albums – Adiemus Songs of Sanctuary, The Armed Man and Requiem – brought together in a special 3-CD package.  During this centenary year of the Great War, The Armed Man has been performed on many […]


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