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Hail, Gladdening Light / John Rutter, Cambridge Singers


Release Date: 12/05/1991 
Label:  Collegium Records   Catalog #: 113   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousHenry PurcellJohn AmnerThomas Tomkins,   ... 
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"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."

-- J.B.S., Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rejoice in the Lord alway by Anonymous
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Language: English 
2.
Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50 by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680-1682; England 
Language: English 
3.
Come, Let's Rejoice by John Amner
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Language: English 
4.
Songs of 3-6 parts: When David heard that Absalom was slain by Thomas Tomkins
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1622; England 
Language: English 
5.
I sat down under his shadow by Edward Bairstow
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Language: English 
6.
These are they that follow the lamb by John Goss
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; England 
Language: English 
7.
Christe Jesu, pastor bone by John Taverner
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Language: Latin 
8.
Cantiones sacrae, pro praecipuis festis totius anni et communi sanctorum: O beatum et sacrosanctum by Peter Philips
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1612; Brussels, Belgium 
Language: Latin 
9.
Nunc dimittis by Herbert Howells
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Language: Latin 
10.
Cantica sacra (21), Volume 1: no 5, Factum est silentium by Richard Dering
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1618; Brussels, Belgium 
Language: Latin 
11.
O vos omnes by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Language: Latin 
12.
Hail, gladdening light by Charles Wood
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Language: English 
13.
Hymns (2) to the Mother of God: no 1, Hymn to the Mother of God by John Tavener
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1985; United Kingdom 
Language: English 
14.
Hymns (2) to the Mother of God: no 2, Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God by John Tavener
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; United Kingdom 
Language: English 
15.
They are at Rest by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909; England 
Language: English 
16.
Nolo mortem peccatoris by Thomas Morley
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Language: Latin 
17.
O nata lux de lumine by Thomas Tallis
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: after 1559; England 
Language: Latin 
18.
Loving Shepherd of thy sheep by John Rutter
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Language: English 
19.
Lord's Prayer by Robert Stone
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1565; England 
Language: English 
20.
In manus tuas Domine by John Sheppard
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Language: Latin 
21.
Bring us, O Lord by William Henry Harris
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1959; England 
Language: English 
22.
Motets (3), Op. 38: no 1, Justorum animae by Charles Villiers Stanford
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1905; England 
Language: Latin 
23.
A Litany by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  John Rutter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916/1930; England 
Language: English 

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