- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 13.97 x 12.55 x 1.14 cm; 104.61 g
- メーカー : Chandos
- EAN : 0095115916124
- 製造元リファレンス : unknown
- レーベル : Chandos
- ASIN : B000000ARP
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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Herbert Howells (1892-1985) was a British composer who took after many of his contemporaries--Walton, Bax, Arnold and a bit of recidivist Vaughan Williams. The Concerto for String Orchestra (1938) is a lucid, if willowy showcase for strings. Howells's "Elegy for Solo Viola, String Quartet and String Orchestra" (1917) has many tonal parallels to the music of Vaughan Williams of the same period. You can almost hear the same folk sources for some of the melodies, though Howells, to his credit, has a more even temperament and is much less melancholy. The Suite for String Orchestra (1938) is probably Howells's clear masterpiece. --Paul Cook
The "Elegy for Solo Viola, String Quartet and String Orchestra" is a much finer piece of music. Written in 1917 and dedicated to the memory of a fellow student at the Royal College of Music who was killed in the Great War, the Elegy is quite beautiful and deserves a place among the highest echelons of English string music.
The four movement "Suite for String Orchestra," completed in 1943, is patterned after Holst's famous "St. Paul's Suite." (Not coincidentally, Howells succeeded Holst as musical director of St Paul's Girl's School.) Howells' suite is at once stately, lively and inventive and wears repeated listenings well. The brief "Serenade for Strings" is a fine closer to this worthwhile collection of Howells' string music.
It's remarkable that this is the first Amazon review of this disc which was issued by Chandos sixteen years ago, especially given the revival of interest in British music over the last decades. Recommended.