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Finzi – Leighton – Howells – Walton
The Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge
Sidharth Prabu-Naik, Gabriel Harley organists
directed by David Rowland
200 in stock
This recording brings together virtuoso choral works by four of Britain’s most influential mid twentieth-century composers: Kenneth Leighton (1929–88); William Walton (1902–83); Herbert Howells (1892–1983); and Gerald Finzi (1901–56).
Centrepiece of the programme is Leighton’s extended cycle for Lent and Holy Week Crucifixus pro nobis, together with Finzi’s large-scale anthem Lo, the full, final sacrifice and Howells’s poignant motet on the death of President Kennedy Take him, earth, for cherishing. There are also rare recordings of shorter works by these three composers together with three of Walton’s most popular a cappella choral works.
Total Playing time: 71:55
Recorded in the Chapel of Queens’ College, Cambridge on 17/18 March 2017
Recording producer: Gary Cole.
Assistant engineer: Andy Gammon.
Editing: Myles Eastwood and Gary Cole
Sample audio extracts
‘Rowland draws from his talented young singers well-controlled, expressive interpretations of a very challenging programme..’ ***** Choir and Organ November/December 2018
‘Howells composed ‘Take Him Earth for Cherishing’ In response to the assassination of President Kennedy, and It Is one of his finest works. The choir gives a strong performance here with well-regulated dynamics and attention to textual detail. Their legato singing In a shorter piece by Howells, ‘Even Such Is Time; Is elegant….a well conceived program.’
American Record Guide November 2018
‘…admirable singing, carefully blended and with attention to details particularly in relation to dynamics, accompanied sympathetically by the organist…’ Cathedral Music 1/2019