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Howells: Choral Music

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In 1944 Howells wrote a set of Morning Canticles for King?s College, Cambridge. With the Evening Canticles recorded here coming the following year, the ?Coll. Reg.? settings immediately set the benchmark for twentieth-century liturgical composition and led to the composer being besieged by requests from cathedrals and collegiate chapels for other such ?custom-built? settings. It was the composer?s innate understanding of the individual characteristics?acoustic, architecture and choral timbre?of each foundation which made these works so successful and popular. This programme includes the Morning Canticles written for St George?s Chapel in Windsor Castle and the Evening Canticles which constitute the ?New College Service?. Ever the master of the choral miniature, the Three Carol-Anthems are among Howells?s most perennially popular works, having been recorded and performed across the globe. Several of the other pieces included here are less famous, but all display their composer?s inimitable mastery of form and choral technique.


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  2. <b>A Sequence for St Michael</b> [10'59]
  3. <b>A Hymn for St Cecilia</b> [3'17]
  4. <b>O pray for the peace of Jerusalem</b> No 1 of <i>Four Anthems</i> [7'15]
  5. <b>St Georges Windsor Service |</b> Te Deum [10'47]
  6. <b>St Georges Windsor Service |</b> Benedictus [6'34]
  7. <b>I love all beauteous things</b> [6'32]
  8. <b>Salve regina</b> No 4 of <i>Four Anthems to the Blessed Virgin Mary</i> [
  9. <b>New College Service |</b> Magnificat [6'16]
  10. <b>New College Service |</b> Nunc dimittis [3'12]
  11. <b>Three Carol-Anthems |</b> A Spotless Rose [3'08] - Wells Cathedral Choir
  12. <b>Three Carol-Anthems |</b> Sing lullaby [3'28] - Wells Cathedral Choir
  13. <b>Three Carol-Anthems |</b> Here is the little door [3'51] - Wells Cathedral Choir
  14. <b>Collegium Regale</b> Kings College Cambridge Service | Magnificat [5'15]
  15. <b>Collegium Regale</b> Kings College Cambridge Service | Nunc dimittis [4'15]
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