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Rutter: Magnificat, The Falcon, Two Festival Anthems


Release Date: 05/06/1993 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 114   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Rutter
Performer:  Patricia ForbesJohn ScottAndrew Lucas
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge SingersCity of London SinfoniaCity of London Sinfonia members,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Rutter’s Magnificat for soprano soloist, choir and orchestra was written in 1990, and the première took place in May of that year in Carnegie Hall, New York. The text, based on the prayer ascribed by St Luke to the Virgin Mary on learning that she was to give birth to Christ, is extended by the interpolation of Marian prayers and poems chosen by the composer, to create a celebratory work reminiscent of outdoor processions in honour of the Virgin.

The Falcon was Rutter’s first large-scale choral work, premiered in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge in 1969. The work is based on a medieval poem rich with symbols of the Eucharist, the Grail legend and the Glastonbury thorn.

The album is completed by
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'Delightfully light-hearted, bubbly and immediately attractive...Rutter's deft touch with large orchestral forces ensures that its charm is never compromised while the Cambridge Singers sound so clean-cut, nimble and enthusiastic that it's difficult not to warm to the direct appeal of this performance.' -- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1. Magnificat by John Rutter
Performer:  Patricia Forbes (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College School 
Length: 37 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2. O praise the Lord of Heaven by John Rutter
Performer:  John Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; England 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College School 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Behold, the tabernacle of God by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 01/1991 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College School 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. The Falcon by John Rutter
Performer:  Andrew Lucas (Organ)
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia,  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  Great Hall, University College School 
Length: 21 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 

Customer Reviews

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 wonderful  January 14, 2014 By Ronald H. (Bellevue, WA) See All My Reviews "If you enjoy Rutter's slightly-over-the-top passionate music (I do) this should be on your list. The performance, of course, is impeccable and so is the recording quality. The presence of the huge cathedral is very obvious." Report Abuse
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