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Title:Herbert Howells & the Organ: the 30s & 40s Synopsis
Artist:Robert Benjamin Dobey   Bio
Item:7005
Price:$17.98
Sample:Track 1: opening, first movement, Sonata for Organ, by Herbert Howells
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Additional Details

Format:Digital Audio CD
Length:70' 53
Organ:Roosevelt - Schantz
Venue:Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, New York USA WEBSITE
Recorded:08/01/1985
Released:12/01/1985
Producer:Frederick Hohman
Notes Author:Robert Benjamin Dobey
Notes Language:English
Graphics Format:8pp book, traycard, jewelbox
UPC #:636077700521

Critics' Comments

Organists' Review “The playing really gets inside Howells, in all his moods.” - Paul Hale


The American Organist “The playing is full of temperament to match the music, the recorded sound is excellent... How well Dobey does by Howells!“ - October 1989


The American Record Guide “Dobey’s performance is note-perfect – which, coupled with a nicely balanced instrument with plenty of foundation power and warm string stops, makes this collection most admirable. Engineering is excellent. Specifications and very brief liner notes are included.” - Metz


The Gramophone “I don’t recall having heard so compelling and coherent an account of this complex work as Robert Benjamin Dobey’s... In this (the Sonata) and the Six Pieces, Dobey shows a keen appreciation of the composer’s intentions but he sheds on them an altogether new and flattering light. ... one hearing of this revelatory disc should convert most skeptics.” - Marc Rochester


The Tracker “Unusual repertory combined with a high quality performance make this new release a worthy choice for the personal libraries of all ... It (The Sonata) proves organist Robert Benjamin Dobey to be an unusually gifted performer. ... a superior new recording of some of his (Howells) organ music. It deserves a hearty recommendation.” Vol 31 No 2 - Stephen F. Pinel


The Tracker “Here is a superior new recording of some of his organ music. It deserves a hearty recommendation.” - Stephen L. Pinel


Track Listing
[ Track # • Title • Composer • Duration ]

01 • The Sonata (1933) - Vivo, energico ed agitato • Herbert Howells • 12'47"
02 • The Sonata (1933) - Quasi lento, tranquillo • Herbert Howells • 9'49"
03 • The Sonata (1933) - Allegro assai • Herbert Howells • 9'22"
04 • Six Pieces for Organ (1940-1945) - 1. Preludio “Sine Nomine” • Herbert Howells • 5'45"
05 • Six Pieces for Organ (1940-1945) - 2. Saraband (For the morning of Easter) • Herbert Howells • 4'53"
06 • Six Pieces for Organ (1940-1945) - 3. Master Tallis’s Testament • Herbert Howells • 5'43"
07 • Six Pieces for Organ (1940-1945) - 4. Fugue, Chorale and Epilogue • Herbert Howells • 12'17"
08 • Six Pieces for Organ (1940-1945) - 5. Saraband (In Modo Elegiaco) • Herbert Howells • 3'55"
09 • Six Pieces for Organ (1940-1945) - 6. Paean • Herbert Howells • 6'24"

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