The House of the Mind

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The House of the Mind
Choir of The Queen's College, Oxford Owen Rees (director)

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Release Date: Friday 8 June 2018

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The Choir of The Queen's College, Oxford celebrate the works of choral music icon Herbert Howells in a disc that sets his works alongside pieces that they inspired and influenced - such as Nico Muhly's Like as the Hart for choir, solo violin and percussion - as well as works that in turn influenced him. The disc features two world premiere recordings by David Bednall: settings of two Marian antiphons Alma redemptoris mater and Ave regina caelorum that 'complete' the partly-lost set of works that Howells wrote for Westminster Cathedral.

Led by their director Owen Rees, the Choir of The Queen's College, Oxford is among the finest and most active university choirs in the UK. Its wide-ranging repertory includes a rich array of music from Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces to contemporary works, including commissions. Their recording of David Bednall's Christmas work Welcome All Wonders was met with critical praise:

"An excellent disc: the singing is incredibly tight, in the manner to which it has become increasingly accustomed under its musical director, Owen Rees, and Bednall's writing is ingenious, embedded in a profound understanding of the workings of the choir and organ - both as distinct entries and as a partnership." Gramophone


1 Behold, O God our defender Herbert Howells
2 A Hymn for St Cecelia Herbert Howells
3 O Lord I am not haughty David Bednall
4 God Be in My Head Herbert Howells
5 The Souls of the righteous Ralph Vaughan Williams
6 The House of the Mind Herbert Howells
7 Lighten our darkness Charles Stanford
8 Like as the Hart Herbert Howells
9 Like as the Hart Nico Muhly
10 Behold, O God our defender John Scott
11 My beloved spake Patrick Hadley
12 Regina cæli Herbert Howells
13 Alma redemptoris mater David Bednall
14 Salve regina Herbert Howells
15 Ave regina cælorum David Bednall