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Howells: FirstThine Eyes Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir, Paul Spicer Hearing Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at the 1910 Three Choirs Festival made a profound impression on Herbert Howells. He felt an affinity with the modal music of the Tudor period and it can be heard in the largest work on this disc, his Mass in the Dorian Mode. Pastiche it may be but it's very effective and there are passages of great beauty such as the Gloria winningly sung by the two dozen fresh and assured student voices which make up the choir. Paul Spicer is the ideal conductor - he studied with Howells and is the composer's biographer - and the disc includes rarities and first recordings such as the anthem When first thine eies unveil. Howells' thornier side can be heard in the powerful motet Antiphon. Jonathan Stamp (organ) provides fine support on an excellent recording made at St Albans the Martyr in Highgate, Birmingham. Norman Stinchcombe

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 27, 2014
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