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RUTTER: Mass of the Children / Shadows / Wedding Canticle

Composer(s):Rutter, John
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredVocal
Catalogue 8.557922
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

John Rutter tells us that the wrote the Mass of the Children to join together children’s and adults’ voices, remembering his own boyhood experience, remembering his own boyhood experience, singing in the choir for the Decca recording of Britten’s War Requiem: ‘I wanted to write a work that would bring them [adults and children] together in a more joyful context than a requiem.’ The brief Wedding Canticle is written serenely for mixed choir, flute and guitar, and is directly and beautifully presented here as a closing bonus. But it did not seem an ideal choice to include on this CD Rutter’s song-cycle, Shadows, which apparently attempts to recreate the tradition of the melancholy lute songs of the Elizabethan era. They are


Review By Randy Anderson,Naxos,June 2006

The title of this latest large-scale work from British composer John Rutter may raise a faint alarm in the back of your head, and it should: any combination of the terms "mass" and "children" is liable to refer to something cloying and saccharine. In this case, though, the music is classic Rutter: melodically accessible and maybe just a little bit oversweetened, but well within the bounds of good taste. His mass setting involves both children's and adults' voices, and scatters hymn settings in among the traditional liturgical elements. Very nice.


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