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Rutter: Gloria / Choir Of King's College Cambridge, Et Al


Release Date: 04/12/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 57952   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Rutter
Performer:  Fergus ThirlwellSam LandmanTom WinpenneyChristopher Beale,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraGonville and Caius College Choir CambridgeCambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I had the lucky opportunity to play in both the Gloria and the Magnificat under John Rutter at Carnegie Hall a decade or so ago, and it was immediately obvious that the music is very much like the man himself: kind, sincere, honest, and unpretentious. His tunes are well-made, always fall gratefully upon the ear, and arise naturally from the sense of the text; and if the orchestration is a touch formulaic, its gestures tried and true, there's no denying that it works quite well. The spirit of Walton's Belshazzar's Feast hangs over the jazzy syncopations for brass, tambourine, and xylophone that pepper the outer sections of the Gloria, and the breezy Magnificat (as Rutter told us himself in rehearsal) evokes the sunny southern latitudes of Read more Spain, at least in its outer movements. It's no surprise that this music has remained popular, deservedly so, with both amateur and professional choral groups.


All of these pieces have been authoritatively recorded by Rutter himself with his superb Cambridge Singers on Collegium, performances substantially identical to these in matters of tempo but a touch sharper rhythmically. The difference, and it's not a huge one, probably stems from the presence of boy sopranos on the top lines, which calls forth an aptly more gentle, which is not to say overly reverential, approach from conductor Stephen Cleobury. He's also recorded somewhat more distantly, with ample reverberation, though at no loss of clarity. Certainly the presence of the City of Birmingham Symphony is a big plus. The various trebles handle their solos in the Magnificat (Et misericordia and Esurientes especially) and in the brief setting of Psalm 150 quite well, though I prefer the sound of women's voices here. Still, choral music fans know that the Choir of King's College, Cambridge ranks with the best of this particular breed, and if you enjoy its special tone qualities as well as Rutter's appealing music, then this disc is self-recommending. [5/12/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Gloria by John Rutter
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 18 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2. Magnificat by John Rutter
Performer:  Fergus Thirlwell (Treble), Sam Landman (Treble), Tom Winpenney (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; England 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 37 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3. O praise God in his holiness by John Rutter
Performer:  Sam Landman (Treble), Fergus Thirlwell (Treble), Christopher Beale (Treble),
Ashley Grote (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Gonville and Caius College Choir Cambridge,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 2002 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  King's College Chapel, Cambridge 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Gloria: I. [Allegro vivace]
Gloria: II. [Andante]
Gloria: III. [Vivace e ritmico]
Magnificat: Magnificat anima mea
Magnificat: Of a Rose, a lovely Rose
Magnificat: Quia fecit mihi magna
Magnificat: Et misericordia
Magnificat: Fecit potentiam
Magnificat: Esurientes
Magnificat: Gloria Patri
Psalm 150

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