A Voice from Heaven: music of Howells, Stanford, Parry, and Elgar
After the death of his son Michael in 1935, Herbert Howells reworked sections of an earlier composition for his Hymnus Paradisi, a large-scale work for chorus and orchestra. We present the original version, a Requiem for unaccompanied double choir and soloists, composed in 1932 but not published until 1980. Not restricted to the traditional order of the Anglican burial service or of the Latin Missa pro defunctis (Mass for the Dead), Howells sets this collection of psalms and antiphons in both Latin and English
We also present selections from Hubert Parry's Songs of Farewell, in which the composer seems to meditate on his own mortality by selecting poetry with themes ranging from absolution and purification to comfort and consolation. The program is rounded out by Edward Elgar's "They are at rest," and Latin motets by Charles Villiers Stanford.