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This well-programmed recording takes as its title the 1954 motet by Howells in which he sets a meditation by the 17th-century poet Joseph Beaumont concerned with the mind as a place of inward refuge in which God can dwell. Seven examples of Howells’s choral music are the central focus of the disc, in which his works are set alongside works that were inspired or influenced by him, or which influenced him. With breathtakingly gorgeous tone, Rees and his Queen’s College forces have produced a gem of a CD. Less predictable than the inclusion of works by Vaughan Williams, Stanford and Patrick Hadley, are pieces by John Scott, David Bednall (two premiere recordings) and Nico Muhly. The latter’s setting of Like as the Hart is an inverted riff on Howells’s melodic/harmonic writing which is highly engaging. A distinguished disc.

PHILIP REED Read the full review on Agora Classica


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