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Howells: St John's Magnificat
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Choir of St John's College, Cambridge
Paul Whelan, baritone; David Adams, violin; Alice Neary, cello;
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Andrew Nethsingha

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Howells’s evocative church music sung with vibrancy and conviction. On this recording, the numinous, indeed mystical ambience of Howells’s lyrical outpourings find an especially apposite voice in the Gloucester and less well known St John’s services (the Nunc dimittis of the latter is sung with notable power and sonority), the ageless A Spotless Rose, the languidly evocative Like as the hart and the Te Deum written for King’s College, the end of which, at least for me, must be among the most affecting pages of church music Howells ever wrote. The Salve regina (1915) deserves to be heard more often…By the waters of Babylon (1917), compellingly sung here by Paul Whelan…
Jeremy Dibble, Gramophone magazine, 5/1/2010

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