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Herbert Howells Organ Music



The works on this recording span more than 50 years, from the Second Rhapsody of 1918 to the Partita of 1971, demonstrating the importance Howells (1892-1983) attached to the organ throughout his creative life. His instinctive belief in the organ’s expressive potential led to the creation of what is arguably the most distinctive body of music for that instrument by a 20th century English composer.

Herbert Howells Organ Music


"... few CDs approach the excellence of performance of this issue... It is first-class in every respect, from the choice of repertoire to the depth of understanding given to this music by Robert Costin" International Record Review, March 2007

"The Partita, Howells's "last major work," was the most impressive piece here ... I found it compelling. Its Intrata is gritty and meaty. Its Interlude is quiet, mysterious, and even haunting, rising to a strong, even dissonant summit. Its third movement is fleet and gripping ... Robert Costin showcases the range and sonic pallet of the organ of the Town Hall in Dunedin, New Zealand. It sounds wonderful ... The recording quality is excellent." Recommended Fanfare Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008

"Accolades to Robert Costin for his impeccable playing, subtle judgement of phrasing, beautifully controlled structural ebb and flow and apt registration throughout the performances. This CD is a triumph."  Roy Tankersley, August 2007 edition of Organ News, New Zealand Association of Organists