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Howells lute pieces
This recording of what I presume to be a large number of the pieces for lute written by Herbert Howells, is startlingly good, both as to execution and the quality of the music itself. Anyone who enjoys music for the lute--either from the 16th and 17th centuries, or by modern composers--will surely be delighted.
As a young musician Howells was stunned by hearing the recently composed Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This led Howells to a life-long fascination with early English music, as one can hear in his a cappella church music.
These lute pieces are often closely modeled on Dowland and company, especially in the set titled "Lambert's Clavichord." But a large number of them are distinctly modern, especially in their harmony. The titles of many of the pieces will tickle the fancy of any lover of English music from the Twenties through the Forties.
And they are all excellently well performed by John Paul.
What a treat!
- Richard W. Alexandermore....
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