"Th[is] program give[s] unbroken pleasure: the choice and ordering [is] excellent, the recital [is] shapely, and the often unexpected sequence of pieces from widely separated centuries throws new light and on no occasion wrenches the listener in curmudgeonly fashion from one age to another. Nothing here is so well known that it has grown stale, and nothing is included simply for novelty. Simplicity lies down side-by-side with the most ingenious canon concealing complexity, yet in all of this music the simple is never banal and the complicated is never arid.
The disc "Hail, Gladdening Light", is subtitled "Music of the English Church" and puts its contents into four compartments: anthems and introits,Read more Latin motels, settings of hymns and other poetry, and prayer settings. Gems from each in turn include: the madrigal-like Come, lets rejoice of John Amner, organist at Ely from 1610 to 1641, the posthumously discovered Nunc dimittis of Howells, commissioned by Sir Richard Terry in 1914 and culminating in a tense exaltation of the spirit; for hymn-settings try A litany, "Drop, drop, slow tears" by the 16-year-old William Walton, and for prayers there is the inspired double-choir writing of Sir William Harris in Bring us, 0 Lord God...But then these singers of John Rutter's choir are so expert, so very good at everything they do. They have, one would say, an instinctive feeling for rhythm. Their tone is natural and (very nearly) unflawed. They shade and shape the phrases beautifully. And they are well-recorded, managing well with the kindly echoes of the Lady Chapel at Ely."
A Litanyby Sir William Walton Conductor:
Period: 20th Century Written: 1916/1930; England Language: English
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A performance-altering acoustic settingJuly 19, 2016By David Vishanoff (Norman, OK)See All My Reviews"The long reverberation of the chapel where this music was recorded, emphasized by the recording technique, masks the precise intricacy that seems so important to some of these pieces. The effect is deliberate, however, and it successfully unites the wideranging program into a coherent, rather mystical, Rutteresque whole."Report Abuse