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HOWELLS, H.: Lambert's Clavichord - Howells' Clavichord (Paul)

Composer(s):Howells, Herbert
Artist(s) Paul, John, lute-harpsichord
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue CRC2536
Label Centaur
Quality   320kbps


Howells lute pieces
Review By RA130865,November 2013

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 more....


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