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Howells: Missa Sabrinensis - Benjamin Hulett (tenor); Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano); Helena Dix (soprano); Roderick Williams (baritone);...
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  1. Missa Sabrinensis (The Severn Mass), for soloists, chorus & orchestra
  2. Michael, fanfare setting for soloists, chorus & orchestra
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Herbert Howells' Missa Sabrinensis ("Severn Mass") of 1954 is a gigantic work, and performances have been scarce, which is partly because the payroll for the work is so large; it involves hundreds of singers and musicians. Beyond that, the music represents an aesthetic that fell out of fashion and hasn't quite made it back, despite the fall of the modernist tyranny. Its world premiere recording came in 1995, from none of other than Gennady Rozhdestvensky, with the London Symphony and Chorus, and this 2020 release by the ...

Howells: Missa Sabrinensis 2020, Hyperion

UPC: 034571282947