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RUTTER, J.: Gloria / Magnificat / Te Deum (Cragg, St Albans Cathedral Choirs, Winpenny, Ensemble DeChorum, Lucas)

Composer(s):Rutter, John
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.572653
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
CD
USD 9.99
 

 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Acclaimed British composer John Rutter’s Gloria was a milestone in his career and remains an evergreen favourite with choirs worldwide for its freshness, drama and sheer beauty. His joyous setting of the Magnificat was conceived, in the composer’s words, as ‘a bright Latin-flavoured fiesta’ and is performed here in its version for choir, organ and chamber orchestra. This delightful choral album concludes with Rutter’s setting of the Te Deum, one of the church’s most ebullient hymns of praise to the Almighty.


   




Review By Malcolm Riley ,Gramophone,August 2011

John Rutter’s effective choral classics in scrupulous, sparkling performances

Although best known for his many carols and anthems, John Rutter is equally adept at handling music on a larger canvas. His reflective Requiem (now 25 years old) is an established classic. Much the same can be said of the evergreen 1974 setting of the Gloria, Rutter’s first major overseas commission. Its incisive, punchy, syncopated brass opening lingers memorably, setting the scene for some spectacular, polished and vibrant singing. The notoriously taxing finale is accomplished without a wobble, resulting in a deeply satisfying performance.

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Review By Malcolm Riley ,Gramophone,August 2011

John Rutter’s effective choral classics in scrupulous, sparkling performances

Although best known for his many carols and anthems, John Rutter is equally adept at handling music on a larger canvas. His reflective Requiem (now 25 years old) is an established classic. Much the same can be said of the evergreen 1974 setting of the Gloria, Rutter’s first major overseas commission. Its incisive, punchy, syncopated brass opening lingers memorably, setting the scene for some spectacular, polished and vibrant singing. The notoriously taxing finale is accomplished without a wobble, resulting in a deeply satisfying performance.

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Review By Malcolm Riley ,Gramophone,August 2011

John Rutter’s effective choral classics in scrupulous, sparkling performances

Although best known for his many carols and anthems, John Rutter is equally adept at handling music on a larger canvas. His reflective Requiem (now 25 years old) is an established classic. Much the same can be said of the evergreen 1974 setting of the Gloria, Rutter’s first major overseas commission. Its incisive, punchy, syncopated brass opening lingers memorably, setting the scene for some spectacular, polished and vibrant singing. The notoriously taxing finale is accomplished without a wobble, resulting in a deeply satisfying performance.

more....


Review By Malcolm Riley ,Gramophone,August 2011

John Rutter’s effective choral classics in scrupulous, sparkling performances

Although best known for his many carols and anthems, John Rutter is equally adept at handling music on a larger canvas. His reflective Requiem (now 25 years old) is an established classic. Much the same can be said of the evergreen 1974 setting of the Gloria, Rutter’s first major overseas commission. Its incisive, punchy, syncopated brass opening lingers memorably, setting the scene for some spectacular, polished and vibrant singing. The notoriously taxing finale is accomplished without a wobble, resulting in a deeply satisfying performance.

more....


Review By Malcolm Riley ,Gramophone,August 2011

John Rutter’s effective choral classics in scrupulous, sparkling performances

Although best known for his many carols and anthems, John Rutter is equally adept at handling music on a larger canvas. His reflective Requiem (now 25 years old) is an established classic. Much the same can be said of the evergreen 1974 setting of the Gloria, Rutter’s first major overseas commission. Its incisive, punchy, syncopated brass opening lingers memorably, setting the scene for some spectacular, polished and vibrant singing. The notoriously taxing finale is accomplished without a wobble, resulting in a deeply satisfying performance.

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Review By Mary Kunz Goldman,The Buffalo News,May 2011

A few years ago, on a nasty night, Buffalo’s Ars Nova Musicians performed Rutter’s 40-minute-long Magnificat at St Joseph’s Cathedral and when it ended, a woman in front of me turned around. “Well,” she said, “that was sure worth coming out here for.” With his fanfares, timpani, soaring vocals and jingly excitement, Rutter does give you your money’s worth. …it’s a lot of fun—a beaming, bright-timbred expression of faith. The Choirs of St Albans Cathedral, operating out of an old Benedictine abbey dissolved by Henry VIII, sing the music with light-hearted grace.



Review By Brian Wilson Download Roundup,MusicWeb International,May 2011

Not surprisingly—and most certainly not without merit—Naxos and Classicsonline are making a feature of this recording. I know that there are some church-music traditionalists who dislike Rutter’s music, but I’m not among them. Certainly he gives a lift to the music, but his settings are in a direct line of descent from those of his predecessors in a way that ad hoc guitar strumming at Mass can never be. A cathedral or collegiate choir like that of St Alban’s who perform here could use these three settings at the principal Sunday services alongside plainsong or renaissance polyphony for the other items without a sense of dichotomy. Yes, some part of the Gloria are (gloriously) brash but there are some really wonderful quiet and

There are several fine recordings in the catalogue, not least that of Gloria, Te Deum and shorter works on Hyperion CDA67259. Classicsonline already offer Rutter’s own recording of the Gloria on his own Collegium label but the new recording, alert to all aspects of Rutter’s music, can look these predecessors in the eye. Strongly recommended: any recording that could keep me listening intently while the neighbours noisily power-hosed their patio for most of its duration must be beyond praise.

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