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Track(s) taken from CDA67853

Come, my soul

1972; SATB unaccompanied; composed for and dedicated to Richard Latham
author of text

Winchester Cathedral Choir, Andrew Lumsden (conductor), William Kendall (tenor)
Recording details: March 2010
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: June 2011
Total duration: 4 minutes 29 seconds

Cover artwork: Golden Days by Lee Campbell (b1951)
Private Collection / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'The performances of Winchester Cathedral Choir are so good you hardly register the need to 'assess' them—exactly as it should be in devotional music. That's a huge tribute to the state of the singing at the cathedral, and to Andrew Lumsden, who directs it. A marvellous CD, beautifully planned and executed' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Howells's later works have failed to find their way into the regular repertoire but this recording by a radiant Winchester Cathedral Choir urges a thorough reappraisal. The long, fluid lines, startling cadences and massive chords which are so unique to Howells are all here in 'their' service' (The Observer)

'These are uniformly excellent performances and the recording quality is detailed yet superbly spacious. It's the first release from a renewed relationship between Winchester and Hyperion and, although I will hope for more rare Howells, I look forward to whatever else is on the cards. I highly commend this disc' (International Record Review)
Richard O Latham was a distinguished organ teacher at the Royal College of Music, a choir director of some repute and a very close friend and colleague of Howells. In the latter part of his life Howells turned to writing more for unaccompanied choir, and his sublime 1972 setting Come, my soul, to words by the eighteenth-century hymn writer John Newton, was composed for and dedicated to Latham ‘in affection’. Newton’s words urge the ‘soul’ to prepare itself to meet Jesus; Howells lifts the soul with the impressionist harmonies of the motet’s opening invitation to approach the throne of God. This is a positive response to a supremely optimistic text, yet ends shrouded in mystery as the soul begs Christ to ‘Lead me to my journey’s end’. Perhaps Howells, already eighty years old, was thinking about his own journey’s end, but he still had another decade to live. Latham responded to the musical gift by writing that ‘in years to come I shall be remembered as the man for whom Herbert Howells wrote his loveliest motet’.

from notes by Paul Andrews © 2011

Richard O. Latham fut un éminent professeur d’orgue au Royal College of Music, un directeur de chœur réputé et un très proche ami de Howells qui, dans la dernière partie de sa vie, se mit à écrire davantage pour chœur a cappella. Son sublime Come, my soul (1972), sur des paroles de l’hymnographe du XVIIIe siècle John Newton, fut composé pour Latham, à qui il est dédié «in affection». Les paroles de Newton exhortent l’âme («soul») à se préparer à rencontrer Jésus; cette âme, Howells l’élève grâce aux harmonies impressionnistes de l’invite liminaire du motet à approcher le trône de Dieu. C’est là une réaction positive à un texte suprêmement optimiste, qui s’achève pourtant dans un halo de mystère quand l’âme implore le Christ («Lead me to my journey’s end», «conduis-moi à la fin de mon voyage»). Howells, déjà octogénaire, envisageait peut-être la fin de son propre voyage, alors qu’il lui restait encore dix ans à vivre. Latham répondit à ce présent musical par ces mots: «Dans les années à venir, on se souviendra de moi comme de l’homme pour qui Herbert Howells écrivit son plus délicieux motet.»

extrait des notes rédigées par Paul Andrews © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Richard O. Latham war ein bedeutender Orgeldozent am Royal College of Music in London, ein renommierter Chorleiter und ein sehr enger Freund und Kollege von Howells. Gegen Ende seines Lebens komponierte Howells mehr für Chor a cappella und sein großartiges Werk Come, my soul (1972) mit einem Text aus dem 18. Jahrhundert von John Newton (der geistliche Lieder schrieb) ist Latham „in Zuneigung“ gewidmet. Newtons Worte mahnen die Seele, sich darauf vorzubereiten, Jesus zu begegnen; Howells erhebt die Seele mit den impressionistischen Harmonien des Beginns der Motette, wo sie dazu aufgefordert wird, sich dem Thron Gottes zu nähern. Es ist dies eine positive Reaktion auf einen besonders optimistischen Text, doch mutet das Ende geheimnisvoll an, wenn die Seele Christus darum bittet, sie an das Ende ihrer Reise zu führen („Lead me to my journey’s end“). Vielleicht dachte Howells, der bereits achtzig Jahre alt war, an das Ende seiner eigenen Reise, doch hatte er noch eine Dekade vor sich. Latham reagierte auf das musikalische Geschenk mit den Worten „in den kommenden Jahren werde ich als der Mann bekannt sein, für den Herbert Howells seine schönste Motette geschrieben hat“.

aus dem Begleittext von Paul Andrews © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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