This is the Day: Music on Royal Occasions by Cambridge Singers - Rutter

Audio Samples

>Rutter, John : This is the day which the Lord hath made, anthem for chorus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339
>     Laudate Dominum
>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>     How lovely is thy dwelling place
>Elgar, Edward : The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me, for chorus (prologue to "The Apostles")
>McKie, William : We Wait for Thy Loving Kindness, O God, for chorus & organ
>Mealor, Paul : Ubi caritas, for chorus
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>Harris, William H. : Holy Is the True Light, for chorus
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Bennett, Richard R. : These Three, for chorus
>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
>Davies, Henry Walford : God Be in My Head
>Traditional, Irish : I Would Be True
>Walton, William : Henry V
>     Thouch her soft lips and part
>Britten, Benjamin : Choral Dances (6) from Gloriana, for chorus (or tenor, chorus & harpsichord), Op. 53
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
>     Let the bright seraphim / Let their celestial concerts all unite

Album Summary

>Rutter, John : This is the day which the Lord hath made, anthem for chorus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339
>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45
>Elgar, Edward : The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me, for chorus (prologue to "The Apostles")
>McKie, William : We Wait for Thy Loving Kindness, O God, for chorus & organ
>Mealor, Paul : Ubi caritas, for chorus
>Duruflé, Maurice : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
>Harris, William H. : Holy Is the True Light, for chorus
>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
>Bennett, Richard R. : These Three, for chorus
>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
>Davies, Henry Walford : God Be in My Head
>Traditional, Irish : I Would Be True
>Walton, William : Henry V
>Britten, Benjamin : Choral Dances (6) from Gloriana, for chorus (or tenor, chorus & harpsichord), Op. 53
>Handel, George Frideric : Samson
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Music on royal occasions. Includes John Rutter's anthem, written for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Collegium presents a new album, which recollects and celebrates some of the choral music heard on royal occasions during the lifetime of HM Elizabeth II. The music chosen reflects the personal choices and commission by the Royal Family for weddings, funerals, and anniversaries. Featuring John Rutter's celebratory royal wedding anthem This is the day, written for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in 2011. Newly orchestrated exclusively for this recording, it reminds us of the event that captivated the attention of the nation last year. Also included is the ethereal Ubi Caritas written by Paul Mealor for the Royal Wedding. The recording also features a new arrangement for unaccompanied choir of the Londonderry Air to the text I would be true, and an orchestration of Schubert's beautiful Psalm 23 - The Lord is my Shepherd by John Rutter for this recording.

bbc.co.uk - Charlotte Gardner
It's all beautifully sung. Elin Manahan Thomas performs Mozart's Laudate Dominum with effortless grace, whilst the Cambridge Singers are chameleon-like in their ability to take on different musical styles...Light, joyous, and beautifully performed, this is sacred choral easy listening of the highest standard.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The pieces are either a cappella or supported by either organ or orchestra. Rutter, as usual, draws absolutely enthralling singing from his trusty Cambridge Singers; and his instrumental support is consistently first-rate. Sound quality is beyond reproach, and the booklet contains everything you would need or want to know. Yet another impeccable production from Rutter and company.



Reviews

Glorious works enhance Cambridge performance
Royal occasions for music require beautiful, memorable melodies presented for awe-inspiring pomp. So this CD includes some of the most gorgeous songs and compositions in memory for the British public. The music selections for the program are flawless, the cover impressive, the booklet brimming with interesting history and details, and the choir and conductor well-regarded and famous. These compositions have been performed during the sixty-year reign of Elizabeth II for weddings, coronation, and funerals—a memorable collection.


With due admiration and respect for the compositions, somehow the listener’s devoted attention wanders during the performance. Although in excellent pitch, the first soprano solo has inconsistent tone quality, and the altos and men are relegated to supporting the soaring, ethereal, ever-floating sopranos. While pleasant, there is a “same-ness” to the pieces due more to the singers and conductor than to the musical selections. It all sounds like Rutter. The overall impression is of beautiful cake frosting with sugar icing on top.


A high school or church choir would benefit immeasurably from this collection—to learn new work, and to explore the composers and taste of the British monarchy. The “ladies” ever shine while the tenors and basses have a moment from time to time—e.g., Track 20 of Britten’s Choral Dances. The organ would bring welcome substance with more aggressive registration and presence. With the finest ingredients of musical program in the world, hearing much the same for 75 minutes leaves a bit of disappointment.


Submitted on 07/07/12 by musichathcharms 
Collecting the royalties...
Cashing in on the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, John Rutter and his Cambridge Singers offer this disc of "royal" music, most of it associated with weddings and funerals (thus sparing us yet another "Zadok the Priest"). While it's a program of great variety--some of the choruses unaccompanied, the rest with either organ or orchestra--it's also rather a hotchpotch stylistically. Rutter adds some new arrangements for this disc, but his own original piece, commissioned for the latest royal wedding, is indistinguishable from most everything else he's ever written. Elin Manahan Thomas does a nice job on her Handel and Mozart solos. The Choral Dances from Britten's opera Gloriana, though an odd fit here, give the singers something to sink their teeth into, and they go at them with great gusto, if with little attention to diction. It all sounds good enough, but is curiously faceless. Booklet has texts and detailed, though rather slapdash, notes.
Submitted on 08/05/12 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>Rutter, John : This is the day which the Lord hath made, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2011

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Vesperae solennes de confessore, K 339 :: Laudate Dominum
  • Performer: Elin Thomas (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1780

>Schubert, Franz : Psalm 23, D 706/Op. 132
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/1820

>Brahms, Johannes : German Requiem, Op. 45 :: How lovely is thy dwelling place
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1857-1868

>Elgar, Edward : The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me, for chorus (prologue to "The Apostles")
  • Performer: Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 7 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>McKie, William : We Wait for Thy Loving Kindness, O God, for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Simon Wall (Tenor); Andrew Lucas (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mealor, Paul : Ubi caritas, for chorus
  • Performer: Alison Hill (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Maurice Duruflé (Composer/Organ) (1902 - 1986) : Motets (4) on Gregorian themes, Op. 10
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1960

>Harris, William H. : Holy Is the True Light, for chorus
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Tavener, John : Song for Athene
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1993

>Bennett, Richard R. : These Three, for chorus
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
  • Performers: Ben Alden (Tenor); Grace Davidson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Davies, Henry Walford : God Be in My Head
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Irish : I Would Be True
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Walton, William : Henry V :: Thouch her soft lips and part
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1963

>Britten, Benjamin : Choral Dances (6) from Gloriana, for chorus (or tenor, chorus & harpsichord), Op. 53
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Running Time: 8 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Handel, George Frideric : Samson :: Let the bright seraphim / Let their celestial concerts all unite
  • Performers: Elin Thomas (Soprano); Simon Cox (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Composition written: 1741.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741