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The Herbert Howells Memorial Window, Gloucester Cathedral (1992) by Caroline Swash (b1941)
Photograph by Angelo Hornak, by permission of Gloucester Cathedral
Track(s) taken from CDA67914
Recording details: July 2011
Lincoln Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: April 2012
Total duration: 12 minutes 14 seconds

St Paul's Service
composer
October 1951
author of text
Magnificat: Luke 1: 46-55; Nunc dimittis: Luke 2: 29-32

Other recordings available for download
St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor), Christopher Dearnley (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The St Paul’s Service is one of Howells’ most celebrated settings of texts that he returned to time and again. Fashioned specially for a building with a spectacular acoustic, consequently employing a less rapidly changing harmonic rhythm than would be possible in a less resonant building, this is a work in which Howells seems at his most confident and optimistic. It is the biggest boned, the most expansive of all his treatments and justifies its reputation as one of the best of his settings for the Anglican liturgy. The Magnificat sets off sturdily, without introduction, and never looks back, surging forward with just an easing of the pace at the beautiful ‘He remembering His mercy’. The Nunc dimittis, though quiet, is also expansive, building slowly and majestically to its climax. The Glorias in both canticles sweep all before them and make a big feature out of Howells’ characteristic use of the ‘Lydian’ fourth, stretching the tonality before pulling it back to the tonic to almost cataclysmic effect.

from notes by Paul Andrews © 2012


Other albums featuring this work
'Howells: St Paul's Service & other works' (CDA66260)
Howells: St Paul's Service & other works
'The Music of St Paul's Cathedral' (SPCC2000)
The Music of St Paul's Cathedral
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