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Rutter: Distant Land, Suites, etc / Rostal, Schaefer, RPO

Album Summary

>Rutter, John : Distant Land (A Prayer for Freedom), for chorus
>Rutter, John : Five Meditations for Orchestra
>Rutter, John : Suite for Strings
>Rutter, John : Suite Antique, for flute, harpsichord & strings
>Rutter, John : Beatles Concerto, for 2 pianos & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'Distant Land' is John Rutter's first album of orchestral music. Known and loved throughout the world as a choral composer and director - his emotional, melodic and epic orchestral music displays a masterful grasp of the genre and demonstrates why he is one of the most commercially successful and popular living composers today.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Rolf Wilson (violin); Andrew Williams (viola); Andrew Nicholson (flute); John Birch (harpsichord).

Recording information: Watford Colosseum (05/29/2003/05/30/2003).

If John Rutter's lush, maximalist textures and gigantic string-laden compositions and arrangements move you, this collection of orchestral pieces certainly will be your cup of tea (herbal, of course). In his vocal works, Rutter occasionally uses instrumental restraint so as not to distract from the power in his message. But here, the stops are out. Aside from the rather impressionistic title cut, the rest of the pieces here are multi-part suites or "meditations." The "Five Meditations for Orchestra" work the best since each section concentrates on different chromatics and dynamics, showcasing different aspects of the ensemble in relation to a theme. The four-part "Suite for Strings" centers around traditional tunes from the British folk vernacular, and the "Suite Antique for Flute, Harpsichord and Strings" is a fine setting for the older instrument in a modern context. Only the sugary, overtly sweet and hopelessly drawn-out romanticism of his three-part "Beatles Concerto for Two Piano and Orchestra" falls flat on its face. ~ Thom Jurek



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Works Details

>Rutter, John : Distant Land (A Prayer for Freedom), for chorus
  • Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Rutter, John : Five Meditations for Orchestra
  • Performers: Rolf Wilson (Violin); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Rutter, John : Suite for Strings
  • Performers: Rolf Wilson (Violin); Andrew Williams (Viola); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Rutter, John : Suite Antique, for flute, harpsichord & strings
  • Performers: Andrew Nicholson (Flute); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano); John Birch (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1979

>Rutter, John : Beatles Concerto, for 2 pianos & orchestra
  • Performers: Paul Schaefer (Piano); Peter Rostal (Piano); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Piano)
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977