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British Composers - Rutter: Requiem, Cantate Domino / Cleobury, Choir Of King's College

Rutter: Requiem / Various
Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 87388   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 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There can be no doubt that this latest recording of John Rutter’s Requiem and other liturgical choir works admits the listener to precisely the sound-world the composer intends. The Requiem (this is the orchestral version) interweaves English psalm settings with parts of the Latin Requiem, consciously emphasising the ‘Rest eternal... may light perpetual shine on them’ and cutting out the ‘dread day of judgement’ aspect of the commemoration. Accordingly, the musical antecedents here are the gentle, flowingly lyrical Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé; but there is a quality of inspiration in the work, melodically and rhythmically, which can be described as sentimentality in the original sense of ‘exhibiting refined and elevated Read more feeling’.

Even more rewarding, however, because stylistically much more diverse, are the five accompanying anthems. Rutter is an acutely sensitive setter of words: the unaccompanied Hymn to the Creator of Light is a bracing and musically contiguous homage to Herbert Howells, and in the Te Deum, accompanied regally by brass and organ, Rutter aligns himself firmly with the centuries-old tradition of English liturgical music. The habitual cool professionalism of the King’s choristers displayed throughout the recording cannot mask the relish with which the boy soloists deliver Rutter’s arching melodies – a highly recommended release.

-- Graeme Kay, BBC Music Magazine Reviewing original release, EMI 56605
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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 

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