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Vasari Singers
Requiem Aeternam

Song NameComposer
RequiemHerbert Howells
Salvastor MundiHerbert Howells
Psalm 23Herbert Howells
Requiem Aeternam IHerbert Howells
Psalm 121Herbert Howells
Requiem Aertnam IIHerbert Howells
I Heard A Voice From HeavenHerbert Howells
MotetHerbert Howells
Take Earth For CherishingFrank Martin
MassFrank Martin
Kyrie ElesionFrank Martin
GloriaFrank Martin
CredoFrank Martin
SanctusFrank Martin
Agnus Dei Frank Martin

Directed by Jeremy Backhouse

Signum UK presents a deeply intimate disc, of personal and moving works by Herbert Howells and Frank Martin. In 1935 Herbert Howells' son died at the age of nine. Howells sought release and consolation in his writing, and composed the a capella, six-movement Requiem as a private document to his son. Indeed, Howells considered his Requiem so personal an outpouring that he felt the need to withhold it from publication. It was not released until 1980, only three years before the composer's own death. Frank Martin was a deeply religious man. He composed the Mass for Double Choir, early in his career. The work embodies the profound nature of his beliefs, and was the only work that Martin wrote purely for liturgical purposes. Such was the intensely intimate nature of the work, that, like Howells, the composer withheld it, and kept the manuscript safely in a drawer for over forty years. As Martin himself wrote, "This was something between God and me, that concerned nobody else". The Vasari Singers perform these pieces with passion and devotion, and capture the very private and deep-rooted feelings contained within each work.

Item code: 8408C | 1 CD | $15.98 add item to cart
Choral | Some a cappella | Mixed | England

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