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Track(s) taken from A66018
Recording details: October 1980
St Albans Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Stephen Darlington & Lance Andrews
Engineered by Peter Felgett
Release date: December 1981
Total duration: 6 minutes 44 seconds

I love all beauteous things
written for the 'Hands of the Craftsman' Festival at St Albans in 1977
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Wells Cathedral Choir, Malcolm Archer (conductor), Rupert Gough (organ)
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Howells’s visit to St Albans Abbey was in connection with his commission to write an anthem, I love all beauteous things, for a Festival Service celebrating the Hands of the Craftsman exhibition in St Albans Abbey in 1977. The wonderfully apt poem by Robert Bridges manages both to imply the material things celebrated in the festival exhibition and Howells’s own ‘credo’ quoted at the beginning of these notes. The anthem opens with an extended pedal point with staccato pedal notes which brings to mind other great pedals in Howells’s output such as the last movement of Hymnus Paradisi and, perhaps more closely, the last organ Psalm-Prelude in the First Set which suggests the beating of a heart as the valley of the shadow of death is traversed. But here there is little of that nervousness as he produces a work of such sensuousness that when the three upper voices make their first entry followed almost canonically by the tenors one senses that those repeated pedal notes represent a heart beating a more personal tune.

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2005

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'Howells: Choral Music' (CDH55456)
Howells: Choral Music
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