This album has an average beat per minute of 133 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 133/133 BPM). Tracklist Hymnus paradisi, Sir Patrick Spens (The Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: David Hill). Recent albums by Herbert Howells. Choral Music (Wells Cathedral Choir feat. conductor: Malcom Archer, organ: Rubert Gough). Hymnus Paradisi etc. (BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra feat. conductor: Richard Hickox). Howells: Requiem, Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, Martin: Mass. Howells: In Gloucestershire, Dyson: Three Rhapsodies.
Album · 2007 · 7 Songs. Howells: Stabat Mater, Te Deum & Sine Nomine. Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & David Hill. Howells: Collegium Regale & Other Choral Works. Trinity College Choir, Cambridge & Stephen Layton.
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Hymnus Paradisi is a choral work by Herbert Howells for soprano and tenor soloists, mixed chorus, and orchestra. The work was inspired in part by the death from polio of his son Michael in 1935. Howells wrote the work from 1936 to 1938, drawing on material from the then-unpublished Requiem of 1932, but then retained the music privately, without public performance. Howells maintained later in life that Ralph Vaughan Williams convinced him to allow the work to be performed publicly at the Three Choirs Festival. Recent appearances at the BBC Proms include Finzi Intimations of Immortality (BBCSO/Daniel); Hymnus Paradisi (BBCSO/Brabbins); a live televised performance of Sullivan The Yeoman of the Guard (BBC Concert Orchestra/Jane Glover) and Elgar Spirit of England at the 2007 Last Night of the BBC Proms with Jiri Bêlohlávek.
5 Hymnus Paradisi and after. Howells was born in Lydney, Gloucestershire, the youngest of the six children of Oliver Howells, a plumber, painter, decorator and builder, and his wife Elizabeth. His father played the organ at the local Baptist church, and Herbert himself showed early musical promise, first deputising for his father, and then moving at the age of eleven to the local Church of England parish.