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Rutter: Requiem / Layton, Polyphony, Bournemouth Sinfonietta

Album Summary

>Rutter, John : Requiem
>Rutter, John : Hymn to the Creator of Light
>Rutter, John : God be in my head
>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing
>Rutter, John : Psalmfest, choir & organ (or orchestra, or charmber orchestra & organ)
>Rutter, John : Open Thou Mine Eyes, for chorus
>Rutter, John : A Prayer of St. Patrick for chorus
>Rutter, John : A Choral Fanfare
>Rutter, John : Birthday Madrigals, for choir, double bass & piano
>Rutter, John : Lord bless you and keep you
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"John Rutter (b.1945) writes music in an eminently listenable, conservative, and restrained style...[The Requiem] should appeal to anyone who finds the Faure and/or Durufle Requiems attractive, for it is in the same contemplative, comforting, intimate style - with a similar reliance on ancient melodic intervals and styles...The shorter choral works cover a wide range of Rutter's musical approaches...this is lovely music, lovingly performed and beautifully recorded." -Fogel, Fanfare

'A disc to delight all those who admire Rutter's choral writing. Full of delights and with something for everyone. Certainly a must!' (Organists' Review)

'Sensitive, beautifully blended singing and playing. First class' (Amazon.co.uk)

'A radiant richness of sound.' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Here is music finely crafted, written with love for the art and an especial care for choral sound' (Gramophone)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Here is music finely crafted, written with love for the art and an especial care for choral sound.

It's melodious without being commonplace, harmonically rich without being sticky, modern in the graceful way of a child who grows up responsive to newness but not wanting to kick his elders in the teeth. He gives us the heart's desire. But he's on too familiar terms with our heart's desires, he doesn't extend them, or surprise us into realising that they were deeper and subtler than we thought. This is by way of cautiously savouring a remembered taste, which could readily be indulged without perceived need for an interval: one item leads to another and before we know it the pleasurable hour is over. The Requiem is the longest work; the other pieces vary from two to just over six minutes.

Most are unaccompanied and show the choir of 25 voices as another of those expert groups of assured and gifted professionals that are among the principal adornments of modern musical life. Their capacity as a virtuoso choir is tested in the Cantate Domino and Choral Fanfare, but Rutter writes for real singers (not just singer-musicians) and their tone is unfailingly beautiful. The two soloists are excellent.



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Works Details

>Rutter, John : Requiem
  • Performers: Andrew Knight (Oboe); Rosa Mannion (Soprano); Howard Nelson (Flute); Lionel Handy (Cello)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 34 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1985

>Rutter, John : Hymn to the Creator of Light
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1992

>Rutter, John : God be in my head
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Rutter, John : A Gaelic Blessing
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Bournemouth Sinfonietta
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1978

>Rutter, John : Psalmfest, choir & organ (or orchestra, or charmber orchestra & organ) :: no 5. Cantate Domino, for c
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : Open Thou Mine Eyes, for chorus
  • Performer: Libby Crabtree (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Rutter, John : A Prayer of St. Patrick for chorus
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Rutter, John : A Choral Fanfare
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Rutter, John : Birthday Madrigals, for choir, double bass & piano :: no 2. Draw on, sweet night, for choir
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1995

>Rutter, John : Birthday Madrigals, for choir, double bass & piano :: no 4. My true love hath my heart, for choir
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1995

>Rutter, John : Lord bless you and keep you
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Polyphony (Vocal Ensemble)
  • Notes: 01/07/1997-01/09/1997
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981