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RUTTER: Requiem / Anthems

Composer(s):Rutter, John
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredInstrumental
Catalogue 8.557130
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Produced by the composer himself, this is the first recording of the ensemble version of John Rutter’s radiant Requiem. Written in 1985, the work is not a conventional setting of the Requiem Mass but comprises a personal selection of texts from the Catholic liturgy and the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. John Rutter maintains intimate ties with Clare College and some of his anthems are left as a musical legacy to the college. Among these are two simple, tender blessings: Go forth into the world in peace, dedicated to the choir on the eve of its first tour to America; and A Clare Benediction, written as a gift to Rutter’s alma mater. This recording is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Rutter.

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Review By James Jolly,Gramophone,May 2003

"One of the most performed Requiems of the modern age, John Rutter's dates from 1990. It does not present insuperable demands to its performers and as a result has been taken up by amateur choirs the world over. Naxos continues its conquest of Cambridge's college choirs and finds that from Clare College on excellent form. I suspect this will be one of those Naxos recordings that sells by the ten thousand rather than merely the thousand. If your tooth inclines to the sweet, this is one for you."

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The newest Naxos recording of the Requiem tends to trump all previous versions, even the composer’s own very fine account. Recorded in the expansive acoustic of Douai Abbey, Berkshire, it is very beautifully sung indeed, joyful in the Sanctus and darkly dramatic in the Agnus Dei with its steady drum beat. Elin Manahan Thomas is an ideal soloist singing the Pie Jesu with touching simplicity, and rising up celestially in the Lux aeterna. Christopher Hoker’s oboe obbligato in The Lord is my Shepherd is comparably sensitive. The extra items are equally successful, the exultant Advent anthem, Arise, Shine contrasting with the opulent Howells-like piece for double choir, Come down O Love Divine, and the soaring Latin anthem, with its pastoral flute, Rutter’s favourite



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