Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet

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Rach3
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Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet

Post by Rach3 » Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:49 pm

My cd now here ; not to be missed, IMHO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lii4TQ ... BJrucltqOa

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Re: Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:24 pm

With all respect as usual to Rach3, it is hard for me to get excited about this, and yes, I did give it a try. Howells is of course best known for his Anglican church music, which is not any better but which graces church music in a way that few things written in the 20th century do. Let's face it, we are talking about the high end of utilitarian.

Very often I don't know why people seek out secondary music, as many of our members have. I have an excuse as a church organist, but it is never my music of preference. Some years ago, I attended a performance at a church in Schenectady (not Union College) which has a series that is free to the public. A wonderful string quartet which none of you would ever have heard of (as I have posted before, no one assays such music unless they can do it to world class standards) performed one of the Rasumovsky quartets. It has an unearthly beautiful passage in the slow movement, and someone in the !@#$ congregation went into a coughing fit exactly at that point. I wanted to get up and strangle her.

Since the Bach chaconne has come up recently, here is a magisterial performance of his other unique work in the general form of variations. Some modern performers buy into the allegedly scholarly notion that the whole thing should be played in organo pleno, but if any organ work ever cried out for registration changes, it is this one. You will note that Karl Richter has somebody standing on the side pulling out and pushing in stops on an organ that has no automatic stop action. Guess what? Bach would have done the same thing.


There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach


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Re: Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:53 pm

Sorry, but evoking a hill outside Gloucester sounds like Delius, whom I also detest. Here is a chorale prelude by Parry that I have played myself. The contrapuntal underpinning of the sappy tune is quite remarkable.


There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: Herbert Howells' Piano Quartet

Post by Rach3 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:14 am

FWW, the Howells works on the cd sound largely nothing like Delius.I dont care for Delius.

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