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    Howells: Stabat Mater[David Hill]

    Howells: Stabat Mater[David Hill]

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    David Hill | Benjamin Hulett, Tenor | Alison Hill, Soprano | The Bach Choir | Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

    The three works on this recording mark staging posts in Herbert Howells’s compositional life. Sine nomine was commissioned at Elgar’s instigation when Howells was 30 and is predominantly orchestral, with wordless parts for the two vocal soloists. This arch-like ‘spiritual meditation’ was his first extended work for larger forces. Like the Hymnus paradisi (Naxos 8.570352), the Stabat Mater is a direct musical reponse to the death of the composer’s nine year-old son, and further reveals his mastery of choral and orchestral polyphony. The Te Deum signalled a fresh and new approach to settings of Anglican canticles.
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    Handel: Arias [Alice Coote]

    Handel: Arias [Alice Coote]

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    Alice Coote | The English Concert | Harry Bicket

    Hyperion is delighted to present a tour de force from the supreme mezzo-soprano of today, Alice Coote, accompanied by The English Concert and Harry Bicket, making their Hyperion debut. Coote performs a selection of Handel’s greatest arias from opera and oratorio, employing an extraordinary range of vocal and dramatic colour, tone and emotion to produce triumphant and moving interpretations of these masterpieces.
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    Haydn: Piano Concertos [Jean-Efflam Bavouzet]

    Haydn: Piano Concertos [Jean-Efflam Bavouzet]

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    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet | Manchester Camerata | Gábor Takács-Nagy

    Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is recognised today as one of the world’s finest interpreters of Haydn’s piano works, International Piano having described him as ‘Haydn’s greatest contemporary keyboard exponent’. In this concerto recording he performs in partnership with the conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy, the two united by an admiration for Haydn’s infectious good humour and art of the unexpected.
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    Handel: Jephtha [The Sixteen, Harry Christophers]

    Handel: Jephtha [The Sixteen, Harry Christophers]

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    The Sixteen | Harry Christophers

    Renowned for their Handel interpretations, Harry Christophers and his award-winning choir, The Sixteen, add to their glittering catalogue of Handel discs with this new recording of Jephtha. The Sixteen are joined by a stellar cast of soloists: James Gilchrist, Susan Bickley, Sophie Bevan, Robin Blaze, Matthew Brook and Grace Davidson.

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