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Choir of King's College, Cambridge|Howells: Cello Concerto, An English Mass

Howells: Cello Concerto, An English Mass

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury, Guy Johnston

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This release is likely to get a good deal of publicity due to its status as the final release of Stephen Cleobury as director of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. However, as president of the Herbert Howells Society, he may not be through with performing the music of this composer just yet. Cleobury deserves kudos for this rather challenging double album; he might easily have compiled a set of favorites of some kind, and enjoyed general acclaim. Instead, he has chosen to go out with a piece of work that makes a deeper connection with tradition. Even though he did not succeed Howells as an organist at Cambridge, he certainly lived and breathed his music, and is as fine an interpreter of it as anyone alive. So, this music is a little Howells survey as well as a Cleobury valedictory, and it succeeds notably on both counts. In addition to choral music, and a set of organ pieces brilliantly realized by Cleobury, there's the lyrical Cello Concerto, performed by Guy Johnston on cello, with the Britten Sinfonia under Christopher Seaman. It's a fine, somehow intimate reading. For Cleobury in his element, sample around on CD 1: the English Mass of 1956, which represented an intentional simplification of Howells' dense, ornate style, is ideally suited to Cleobury and his boys-and-men choristers, but perhaps the highlight of the whole is the limpid Magnificat, a gloriously lyrical, unique response to that text. A fine bookend to Cleobury's Cambridge career.
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1
Te Deum and Jubilate "Collegium Regale": Te Deum
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:08:52

Stephen Cleobury, Conductor, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - King's Voices, Choir, MainArtist - Henry Websdale, Organ, MainArtist

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

An English Mass (Herbert Howells)

2
I. Kyrie
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:05:42

Stephen Cleobury, Conductor, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Henry Websdale, Organ, MainArtist

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

3
II. Credo
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:08:40

Herbert Howells, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Ben Parry, Conductor, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

4
III. Sursum corda
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:00:58

Stephen Cleobury, Conductor, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

5
IV. Sanctus
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:02:50

Stephen Cleobury, Conductor, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Henry Websdale, Organ, MainArtist

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

6
V. Benedictus
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:04:12

Stephen Cleobury, Conductor, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Henry Websdale, Organ, MainArtist

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

7
VI. Agnus Dei
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:03:34

Stephen Cleobury, Conductor, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Henry Websdale, Organ, MainArtist

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

8
VII. Gloria
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:09:09

Stephen Cleobury, Conductor, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - Donal McCann, Organ, MainArtist

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

9
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis "Collegium Regale": Magnificat
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
00:04:57

Stephen Cleobury, Conductor, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble - King's Voices, Choir, MainArtist - Donal McCann, Organ, MainArtist

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

DISC 2

Cello Concerto (Herbert Howells)

1
I. Fantasia. Tranquillo - Assai andante
Christopher Seaman
00:17:08

Guy Johnston, Cello, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Christopher Seaman, Conductor, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

2
II. Threnody. Lento calmato - Assai teneramente
Christopher Seaman
00:09:19

Guy Johnston, Cello, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Christopher Seaman, Conductor, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

3
III. Finale. Allegro vigoroso
Christopher Seaman
00:08:32

Guy Johnston, Cello, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer - Christopher Seaman, Conductor, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, MainArtist, MusicalEnsemble

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

4
Six Pieces for Organ: VI. Paean
Stephen Cleobury
00:06:14

Stephen Cleobury, Organ, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

5
Six Pieces for Organ: III. Master Tallis's Testament
Stephen Cleobury
00:06:43

Stephen Cleobury, Organ, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

6
Three Rhapsodies, Op. 17: No. 3 in C-Sharp Minor
Stephen Cleobury
00:06:39

Stephen Cleobury, Organ, MainArtist - Herbert Howells, Composer

2019 King's College, Cambridge 2019 King's College, Cambridge

Album Description

This release is likely to get a good deal of publicity due to its status as the final release of Stephen Cleobury as director of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. However, as president of the Herbert Howells Society, he may not be through with performing the music of this composer just yet. Cleobury deserves kudos for this rather challenging double album; he might easily have compiled a set of favorites of some kind, and enjoyed general acclaim. Instead, he has chosen to go out with a piece of work that makes a deeper connection with tradition. Even though he did not succeed Howells as an organist at Cambridge, he certainly lived and breathed his music, and is as fine an interpreter of it as anyone alive. So, this music is a little Howells survey as well as a Cleobury valedictory, and it succeeds notably on both counts. In addition to choral music, and a set of organ pieces brilliantly realized by Cleobury, there's the lyrical Cello Concerto, performed by Guy Johnston on cello, with the Britten Sinfonia under Christopher Seaman. It's a fine, somehow intimate reading. For Cleobury in his element, sample around on CD 1: the English Mass of 1956, which represented an intentional simplification of Howells' dense, ornate style, is ideally suited to Cleobury and his boys-and-men choristers, but perhaps the highlight of the whole is the limpid Magnificat, a gloriously lyrical, unique response to that text. A fine bookend to Cleobury's Cambridge career.
© TiVo

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