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John Rutter: The Gift of Life; Seven Sacred Pieces / The Cambridge Singers; Roayl PO, John Rutter

Album Summary

>Rutter, John : The Gift of Life, 6 Canticles of Creation, for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : Give the king thy judgements, O God, anthem for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : A flower remembered, for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : The Quest, for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : Psalm 150, for soloists, choir & organ (or brass, timpani & organ)
>Rutter, John : Christ is the morning star, carol for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : All Bells in Paradise, carol for chorus & organ
>Rutter, John : Rejoice and Sing, for chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

John Rutter's long-awaited new major work The Gift of Life, his first new composition in over 10 years is a six-movement choral celebration of the living earth, of creation, and of life itself, offering a kaleidoscope of moods from contemplative and prayerful to majestic and inspirational. With the inclusion of seven additional sacred chorale pieces, and the usual solid accompaniment of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra along with the Cambridge Singers ; this highly anticipated release with generous liner notes will likely be favored very quickly by Rutter fans.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
I've both reviewed and sung John Rutter's sacred choral music quite often for over 20 years now. Many of you know that he's probably the most widely performed living composer of sacred choral music in the English-speaking world. And my fairly high opinion of his craft has never faltered. I don't hesitate to say (as I have suggested before) that whatever "recipe" it takes to achieve success in today's sacred choral music market, Rutter has distilled it and made it work for him - as well as for a legion of sacred choral fans and church choirs.

Such a recipe begins with a facile composer whose music offers carefully cultivated accessibility and broad appeal among the sacred music public. Then add what I'll call "deliberate singability" that puts it in the reach of most reasonably competent church choirs. Add generous pinches of genuine sacred emotion and a few splashes of true inspiration and touching beauty. Finally, entrust authoritative performances of them to their creator: also a highly accomplished conductor and canny businessman who has consistently (and effectively) managed and promoted his music via his own label, Collegium. Its definitive recordings are made by a few well-known and dependable choirs that Rutter has worked with for decades now. And so it is here, in an album of well-crafted, pleasing, and spiritually sincere music that's easy on the ear and that taxes neither the soul nor the intellect.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fairfield Hall, Croydon (07/15/2015-07/16/2015).



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>Rutter, John : The Gift of Life, 6 Canticles of Creation, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Fairfield Hall, Croydon (07/15/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Rutter, John : Give the king thy judgements, O God, anthem for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Fairfield Hall, Croydon (07/15/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Rutter, John : A flower remembered, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Fairfield Hall, Croydon (07/15/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Rutter, John : The Quest, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: David Theodore (Oboe)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Fairfield Hall, Croydon (07/15/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Rutter, John : Psalm 150, for soloists, choir & organ (or brass, timpani & organ)
  • Performers: Helen Ashby (Soprano); Kate Ashby (Voice); Alice Gribbin (Soprano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Fairfield Hall, Croydon (07/15/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Rutter, John : Christ is the morning star, carol for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Fairfield Hall, Croydon (07/15/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Rutter, John : All Bells in Paradise, carol for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Fairfield Hall, Croydon (07/15/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 2012

>Rutter, John : Rejoice and Sing, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: The Cambridge Singers
  • Notes: Fairfield Hall, Croydon (07/15/2015-07/16/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014