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Psalm 122 'Laetatus sum'

First line:
I was glad when they said unto me
author of text
Psalm 122

It is a long way from the complexity of Howells’ mature style to the pared down simplicity of the Anglican chant, that formulaic sequence of twenty or so chords into which, in the right hands, the verses of Coverdale’s psalter seem to find their perfect musical expression. Howells was not a major contributor to this repertoire, but the examples recorded here—Psalms 121 and 122—possibly dating from as early as his student days at the RCM, have just the right balance of fulfilled and confounded harmonic expectation to bear the repeated hearings that the form demands, and justify their place with the very best.

from notes by Paul Andrews © 2016


Howells: Collegium Regale & other choral works
Studio Master: CDA68105Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 4 on CDA68105 [2'38]

Track-specific metadata for CDA68105 track 4

Recording date
3 July 2014
Recording venue
Coventry Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Howells: Collegium Regale & other choral works (CDA68105)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: April 2016
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