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Rutter: Requiem / Cleobury, King's College Choir Cambridge


Release Date: 08/11/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56605   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Rutter
Performer:  Jo ColeDuke DobingThomas HarriesChristopher Hooker,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London SinfoniaCambridge King's College ChoirThe Wallace Collection
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Given conductor John Rutter's advocacy of the reconstructed original version of the Fauré Requiem, it is not surprising that when Rutter the composer came to write a Requiem he would feel the influence of the older work. Rutter's Requiem, like Fauré's, eschews high drama and upper strings, varies from the letter of the Catholic liturgy and has a ravishing "Pie Jesu" for treble solo. There is even some stylistic affinity, especially in the closing "Lux aeterna," while at other times its eagerness to communicate suggests Leonard Bernstein, occasionally dissonant but ultimately seeking the happy ending.
Rutter recorded the Requiem with his Cambridge Singers but admits that the sound and style of the renowned Choir of King's College,
Read more Cambridge has long been on his mind and, in fact, several of the shorter works on this disc were written for them. "Cantus," "What Sweeter Music" and "Veni Sancte Spiritus" receive their first recordings here, the latter written specifically for this disc, while the Te Deum is heard for the first time in this version for choir, organ and brass. The Requiem performance is a little faster than the composer's own but has his seal of approval and is captured in the famous King's College acoustic.
REVIEWS:
BBC Music (5/98, pp.59-60) - Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5) - "...The habitual cool professionalism of the King's choristers diplayed throughout the recording cannot mask the relish with which the boy soloists deliver Rutter's arching melodies - a highly recommended release." Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Requiem by John Rutter
Performer:  Jo Cole (Cello), Duke Dobing (Flute), Thomas Harries (Boy Soprano),
Christopher Hooker (Oboe), Edward Saklatvala (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  King's College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 31 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2. Veni Sancte Spiritus by John Rutter
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  King's College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3. What Sweeter Music by John Rutter
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  King's College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Hymn to the Creator of Light by John Rutter
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1992; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  King's College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Cantate Domino by John Rutter
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  King's College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6. Cantus by John Rutter
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Wallace Collection,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  King's College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7. Te Deum by John Rutter
Performer:  Robert Quinney (Organ)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Wallace Collection,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1997 
Venue:  King's College, Cambridge, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Requiem: 1. Requiem aeternam
Requiem: 2. Out of the deep (Jo Cole, cello)
Requiem: 3. Pie Jesu (Edward Saklatvala, treble)
Requiem: 4. Sanctus
Requiem: 5. Agnus Dei (Duke Dobing, flute)
Requiem: 6. The Lord is my shepherd (Christopher Hooker, oboe)
Requiem: 7. Lux aeterna (Thomas Harries, treble)
Veni Sancte Spiritus
What sweeter music
Hymn to the Creator of Light
Cantate Domino
Cantus
Te Deum

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