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Track(s) taken from CDA66678
Recording details: July 1993
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: February 1994
Total duration: 3 minutes 14 seconds

'The choir sing with their customary splendour and assurance' (Gramophone)

A Hymn for St Cecilia
First line:
Sing for the morning's joy, Cecilia, sing
composer
for the Livery Club of the Worshipful Company of Musicians; first performed on 22 November 1961 in St Paul's Cathedral; SATB with organ
author of text

Other recordings available for download
Wells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)
Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton (conductor), Simon Bland (organ)
Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough (conductor), William Mason (organ)   November 2014 Release
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
A Hymn for St Cecilia, commissioned by the Livery Club of the Worshipful Company of Musicians to mark Howells’s Mastership of the Company in 1959–60, sets a poem in praise of the Patron Saint of music by Ursula Vaughan Williams as a three-verse hymn. The wonderful dancing-on-tiptoe nature of this piece takes its cue from the syncopated first vocal entry and each phrase finds increasingly high notes as the verse goes on. It is a classic ‘cumulative’ tune which carries the singer along on a tide of increasing emotional energy and leaves an impression of being a piece much bigger than its constituent parts.

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2005


Other albums featuring this work
'Hymns to Saint Cecilia' (CDA68047)
Hymns to Saint Cecilia
CDA68047  3 November 2014 Release  
'Howells: Choral Music' (CDH55456)
Howells: Choral Music
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55456  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Howells: Requiem & other choral works' (CDA67914)
Howells: Requiem & other choral works

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