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Rutter: Gloria and Other Sacred Music / Layton, et al

Album Summary

>Rutter, John : Gloria
>Rutter, John : Come Down, O Love divine, for chorus
>Rutter, John : Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : To everything there is a season, for chorus
>Rutter, John : I my Best-Beloved's am, for a cappella chorus
>Rutter, John : Praise the lord, O my soul, for chorus
>Rutter, John : I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : As the Bridegroom To His Chosen for chorus & strings
>Rutter, John : A Clare Benediction, for chorus
>Rutter, John : The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation, for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : Go Forth Into the World in Peace for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : Thy Perfect Love for chorus & orchestra
>Rutter, John : Te Deum for chorus, organ & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

In a magnificent rendering of the Gloria, choir, organ and brass make a powerfully dramatic impact richly enhanced by the splendidly reverberant Winchester Cathedral acoustic...Elsewhere, the musicians demonstrate Rutter's consummate gift for sweetly harmonised caressing melodies that continue to haunt the memory. The fluid clarinet-playing in 'The Lord is my Light and my salvation' [is just one instance] in a concert that will bring widespread comfort and joy." ***** -BBC Music

'Delicious performances of Rutter's wonderfully approachable and finely crafted vocal writing. The sound, too, is outstanding' (Gramophone)

'Roof-raising performances of a representative programme [of] Rutter's sacred choral music. The artistry of the 25 full-bodied voices of Polyphony is beyond reproach. Greatly enjoyed and strongly recommended' (Gramophone)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This superb disc contains a balanced cross- section of Rutter's sacred choral music, spanning over a quarter century and featuring several first recordings. Rutter's stylistic hallmarks are all here: an unfailing knack to get to the root of the text, exquisitely balanced vocal writing, melting harmonies, intensely sweet turns of phrase, short ecstatic climaxes, but also a willingness to be astringent, and rhythmically powerful. There are nods to pageantry, for example in the conclusion of the Gloria with its Waltonian swagger, some decliously echt Sullivan at the end of the Te Deum and, in I my Best-beloved's am, an occasional vision of the neo-Byzantine sound world of his fellow Highgate School pupil, John Tavener.

The artistry of the 25 full-bodied voices of Polyphony is beyond reproach, only suffering a deficit in sheer volume when pitted against the full fury of The Wallace Collection. Sumptuously recorded, all the forces involved play to perfection. Greatly enjoyable.



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>Rutter, John : Gloria
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1974

>Rutter, John : Come Down, O Love divine, for chorus
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1999

>Rutter, John : Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Rutter, John : To everything there is a season, for chorus
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Rutter, John : I my Best-Beloved's am, for a cappella chorus
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Rutter, John : Praise the lord, O my soul, for chorus
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1980

>Rutter, John : I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Rutter, John : As the Bridegroom To His Chosen for chorus & strings
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : A Clare Benediction, for chorus
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Rutter, John : The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : Go Forth Into the World in Peace for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Rutter, John : Thy Perfect Love for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rutter, John : Te Deum for chorus, organ & orchestra
  • Performer: Andrew Lumsden (Organ)
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Ensemble: Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
  • Notes: Winchester Cathedral/All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (01/02/2001-01/06/2001)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988