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"ON CHOSEN HILL" - Chamber Music by Herbert Howells
Lyric Quartet - Andrew West - Michael Collins

One of Metier's first issues, and re-issued by demand, this CD is valuable to lovers of English music because Howells' music is still under-rated and ignored.  The very fine musicians help to make this an essential recording.

playing time: 53.19  
direct sale price:  £8.50
audio  sample:  Piano Quartet, 3rd mvt (extract)
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tracks:

Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 21
(with Andrew West, piano)
Rhapsodic Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
(with Michael Collins, clarinet)
Phantasy String Quartet, Op. 25

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“It’s all wonderfully handled… individual players eloquently cut through the textures just as the score requires. An air of warm pastoral spirituality lovingly conveyed” – Rob Barnett (MusicWeb)
“Collins, West and the Lyric Quartet give thoroughly professional and profoundly moving performances that simmer with romantic angst, succumb completely to moments of intense contemplation, and have lively rhythmic episodes and the occasional tangy dissonance. The Quartet is a superb team and West has unrivalled touch and color. Colins achieves a British timbre that is unusually rich and clear... making the closing measures of the Clarinet Quintet poignant and unforgettable.” – Hanudel (American Record Guide)