Howells - Requiem & other works - The Daily Telegraph



Herbert Howells (1892-1983) perfectly understood the way that liturgical music could stir the spirits. His two Services for Gloucester and St Paul’s Cathedrals, magnificently exploit ecclesiastical acoustics while bringing to the canticle texts a fluid lyrical gift, an imaginative harmonic spectrum and a sense of occasion. The disc takes ts title from the sparer, introspective Requiem, to which, like all the pieces in this programme, the Trinity College Choir brings clarity of words and superb singing.

 

Geoffrey Norris

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