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John Rutter (b.1945): Psalmfest / Elizabeth Cragg, soprano; Pascal Charbonneau, tenor; Mike Allen, trumpet; Tom Winpenny, organ; St. Albans Cathedral Choir, Abbey Girls Choir, Royal PO, Andrew Lucas

Album Summary

>Rutter, John : Psalmfest, choir & organ (or orchestra, or charmber orchestra & organ)
>Rutter, John : This is the day which the Lord hath made, anthem for chorus
>Rutter, John : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, for trumpet, choir & organ
>Rutter, John : Psalm 150, for soloists, choir & organ (or brass, timpani & organ)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The psalms of David have been a source of inspiration to composers for centuries, each text forming a poetic shape the equivalent of a gothic arch, and expressing a rich range of intensely human and timeless emotions. Recorded here for the first time in its complete form, John Rutter's Psalmfest is a collection of nine settings opened up for concert performance with full orchestra while remaining true to the emotional and spiritual sense of the texts. The remaining psalm settings were written for special occasions, including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2008.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2016
'O be joyful in the Lord' sets the tone: the bright, chattering orchestration and chirpy syncopations are quintessential Rutter, and the rousingly fresh-toned response of the St Albans singers lifts the music vibrantly... [Rutter completists] are fortunate the job has been so professionally executed by the St Albans forces, and that the sound is warmly atmospheric.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
The excellent singing of the St Albans Cathedral choirs combines brightness of sound with crystal-clear diction. The two soloists are also very good... [and] are well matched by the brilliant executed accompaniments of the RPO, whose splendid playing highlights Rutter's colourful and glittering orchestration.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, (07/14/2014-07/17/2014).



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>Rutter, John : Psalmfest, choir & organ (or orchestra, or charmber orchestra & organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lucas
  • Ensemble: St. Albans Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK (07/14/2014-07/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : This is the day which the Lord hath made, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: Andrew Lucas
  • Ensemble: Abbey Girls Choir
  • Notes: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK (07/14/2014-07/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2011

>Rutter, John : Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge, for trumpet, choir & organ
  • Performers: Mike Allen (Trumpet); Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lucas
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK (07/14/2014-07/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : Psalm 150, for soloists, choir & organ (or brass, timpani & organ)
  • Performer: Tom Winpenny (Organ)
  • Conductor: Andrew Lucas
  • Notes: The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK (07/14/2014-07/17/2014)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002