Howells: Chamber Music


Catalogue No: MSVCD 92003
EAN/UPC: 809730200328
Artists: , ,
Release Date: September 1992
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 52:40
Sample: Piano Quartet, 3rd mvt (extract)

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.

Track Listing

    Herbert Howells:

  1. I. Piano Quartet in A minor, op. 21 – Allegro moderato (10:43)
  2. II. Piano Quartet in A minor, op. 21 – Lento (9:22)
  3. III. Piano Quartet in A minor, op. 21 – Allegro molto (6:53)
  4. Phantasy String Quartet, op. 25 (13:37)
  5. Rhapsodic Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet, op. 31 (12:23)


American Record Guide

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. Collins achieves a British timbre that is unusually rich and clear… making the closing measures of the Clarinet Quintet poignant and unforgettable.


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