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Herbert Howells (1892-1983)

Love and Despair

Tuesday 12 February 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Tuesday 12 February 2008 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)

The loss of his nine-year-old son Michael to a sudden illness in 1935 cast a lifelong shadow across Howells's music. Donald Macleod explores how music became a release valve for the bereft composer and we also hear Howells's own thoughts on one of the works directly inspired by his son's death.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

The Chosen Tune
Margaret Fingerhut (piano)
CHANDOS CHAN 9273
T16

Sing Lullaby
Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Hyperion CDA66925
T12

Green Ways: Under the Greenwood Tree; Wanderer's Night Song; On the Merry First of May
Yvonne Kenny (soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN 9557


All my Hope on God is Founded
(with descant by John Rutter)
could cut v3
Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill (director), Philip Scriven (organ)
HERALD HAVPCD 257
t6

Requiem: opening movement"
Corydon Singers , Matthew Best (conductor)
HYPERION CDA66076
t7

Psalm Prelude Set 2 no.1: De Profundis

Stephen Cleobury (organ of King's College, Cambridge)
PRIORY PRCD480
t8

Concerto for Strings: final movement
City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN 9161
t3

St Paul's Service: Magnificat
Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, Christopher Dearnley (organ), John Scott (conductor)
HYPERION CDA66260
t8




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