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    Finzi Leighton Howells Walton , The Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge directed by David Rowland


    Catalogue Number: REGCD511

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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

    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

    ‘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


    Critical recognition for Christ’s College Choir’s previous recordings on Regent:

    ‘The singing is consistently good: the attack and ensemble are excellent and the accompaniments sensitive and supportive.’
    Organists’ Review (REGCD446)

    David Rowland balances a choir with pinpoint precision, and the recording (in Jesus College Chapel) is sharp and responsive.’
    Choir & Organ (REGCD417)

    ‘The performance… is well-nigh faultess…these are definitive accounts’
    American Record Guide (REGCD305)

    ‘Fresh voices, precise pitching and chording, expert pacing by David Rowland and a good recording’ BBC Music (REGCD204)

    ‘. . . truly excellent performances’
    International Record Review (REGCD169)

    Lo, the full, final sacrifice – Gerald Finzi     15:30
    What love is this of thine? – Kenneth Leighton     6:58
    Where does the uttered music go?  – William Walton     5:39
    Even such is time – Herbert Howells    5:42

    Crucifixus pro nobis, op 38 – Leighton     18:26
    Christ in the cradle     4:41
    Christ in the garden     3:54
    Christ in his passion     7:05
    Hymn (drop, drop, slow tears)     2:46

    Set me as a seal upon thine heart – Walton     3:20
    Take him, earth for cherishing – Howells     8:12
    A Litany – Walton     2:57
    Solus ad victimam – Leighton     5:07

    Total playing time: 71:55

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