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An innovation in the Magnificat, found nowhere else in Howells’ many settings is the repetition of the opening words, sung by a solo soprano just before the Gloria. At the other end of Howells’ musical spectrum, the ‘blues’ chord on D, juxtaposing F sharp and F natural, that leads into the Gloria is identical with the chord that closes the Nunc dimittis of Howells’ first post-war setting, the Collegium Regale of 1945.
from notes by Paul Andrews © 2010
|Howells: Choral Music|
A true master and exponent of the British choral music tradition, Herbert Howells' compositions and settings are brought to life in this collection of his secular and sacred works. Performances come from the youthful talents of The Rodlofus Choir, ...» More