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Even such is time

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Written in 1913, this anthem for double choir dates from early in the compositional career of Herbert Howells. This work, with its ingenious harmony, displays many glimpses of the compositional techniques and harmonic language which appear in the more well-known works from later in Howells’s career, albeit in the context of a distinctively earlier style of writing. The setting of the final two lines of the poem (‘But from this earth, this grave, this dust, My God shall raise me up, I trust.’) is truly rousing, with a highly effective and sudden increase in energy and momentum, leading to the climactic final chord. It also predates the thinking behind Howells’ masterpiece, Take him, earth, for cherishing.

from notes by Ralph Allwood & Timothy Teague © 2015

Recordings

Time and its Passing
Studio Master: SIGCD445Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 14 on SIGCD445 [5'51] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD445 track 14

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-15-44514
Duration
5'51
Recording date
18 July 2015
Recording venue
St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell & Robin Hawkins
Hyperion usage
  1. Time and its Passing (SIGCD445)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: December 2015
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