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HOWELLS: Hymnus paradisi / Sir Patrick Spens

Composer(s)Howells, Herbert
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - Secular
Catalogue 8.570352
Label / Series Naxos / English Choral Music
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99

  Booklet / liner notes available

Herbert Howells is known chiefly for his church music, arguably the finest by any English composer of the twentieth century. Sir Patrick Spens, Howells’ first attempt at writing a large-scale choral work, has received only one known performance until this recording. Hymnus paradisi was composed under heart-breaking circumstances following the death of the composer’s son, Michael, aged nine. As Howells later wrote: ‘The sudden loss of an only son … might impel a composer … to seek release and consolation in a language and terms most personal to him. Music may well have power … to offer that release and comfort. It did so in my case.’ Throughout this deeply moving work, in which the human tragedy of a boy’s death and a father’s grief are enshrined, Howells’ command


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HOWELLS: Hymnus paradisi / Sir Patrick Spens 1:04:28   
  Sir Patrick Spens, Op. 23 19:49    3.19   Add to cart  
  Hymnus Paradisi              
      I. Preludio 3:52    0.99   Add to cart  
      II. Requiem aeternam 9:21    1.59   Add to cart  
      III. Psalm 23, The Lord is My Shepherd 7:22    1.59   Add to cart  
      IV. Sanctus 9:46    1.59   Add to cart  
      V. I heard a voice from heaven 4:40    0.99   Add to cart  
      VI. Holy is the true Light 9:38    1.59   Add to cart  
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