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PRCD1119 - The Complete Herbert Howells Anthems - Volume 1 / The Choir of Lincoln Cathedral / Directed by Aric Prentice / Organ: Colin Walsh

The Choir of Lincoln Cathedral

The Complete Herbert Howells Anthems - Volume 1 / The Choir of Lincoln Cathedral / Directed by Aric Prentice / Organ: Colin Walsh
Product Code: PRCD1119
Choir: The Choir of Lincoln Cathedral
Organist: Colin Walsh
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Listen to a sample of this CD:

Track Listing

Track Name Time
1We have heard with our ears7:27
2Nunc Dimittis3:10
3Haec Dies2:51
4Like as the heart desireth the waterbrooks5:57
5Salve Regina4:18
6When first thine eies unveil6:45
7A spotless rose3:08
8Sing Lullaby3.18
9Here is the little door3.51
10Let God arise7:27
11O salutaris hostia2:26
12Lord, who createdst man2:54
13My master hath a garden2:23
14Regina Caeli3:07
15O pray for the peace of Jerusalem5:53
16Even such is time6:09
17My eyes for beauty pine2:08
18Blessed are the dead4:23

There have been many recordings of Herbert Howells choral works but not a series of his complete anthems. Priory aims to achieve this with a collection to be sung by the Lincoln Cathedral Choir.

Herbert Howells is rooted in the English Cathedral tradition to which he has contributed so many services and anthems and his is a unique and instantly recognisable idiom rich in intricate and harmonically complex counterpoint; in long , interweaving and mellifluous vocal lines all contributing to a response to the texts that he set that can be both austere and sensual.

"This CD came as a considerable shock to this listener: the shock was how very limited my knowledge of the anthems of herbert Howells. On  this ground alone I am very grateful to Priory and the musicians of Lincoln Cathedral who have opened my eyes and ears to some hithto unexplored and fine music. The Choir of Lincoln Cathedral are powerful advocates of this  music...the top line has some wonderful ringing high notes and the back row, the richness needed to balance with the upper voices. The CD has also in incalculable bonus in the accompaniments of Colin Walsh - his use of the fine Willis organ is exemplary....the recording has a delightfully natural sound with an ideal balance. This seems, to my ears at least, to be a CD made with genuine love for the music from all involved - bravo!      Roger Judd.    Editors Choice - Organist Review

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