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Rutter - Christmas Music

Rutter - Christmas Music


Gruber, F:

Silent Night

(arr. Rutter)

Kirkpatrick:

Away in a Manger

(arr. Rutter)

Niles:

I wonder as I wander

(arr. Rutter)

Rutter:

Shepherd's Pipe Carol

Nativity Carol

There is a Flower

What Sweeter Music

Jesus Child

Wild Wood Carol

The very best time of year

Angel Tidings

Christmas Lullaby

Dormi, Jesu

Love came down at Christmas

Star Carol

Carol of the Children

Mary's Lullaby

Angels' Carol

Candlelight Carol

Second Amen

Donkey Carol

trad.:

Sans Day Carol

(arr. Rutter)


“You either love or hate Rutter's Christmas music, but for me, Christmas is John Rutter. Complete with sublime melodies, choir-friendly textures and just the right amount of frivolity, this disc is as good as it gets.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2007

“Rutter's writing is notable not only for its tunefulness and winning use of choral textures, but also for his always engaging orchestrations.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

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Rutter: Gloria I, II & III, etc.

Rutter:

Gloria I, II & III

Come down, O Love divine

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace

To everything there is a season

I my Best-Beloved's am

Praise the Lord, O my soul

I will lift up mine eyes

As the bridegroom to his chosen

A Clare Benediction

The Lord is my light and my salvation

Go forth into the world

Thy perfect love

Te Deum


'Delicious performances of Rutter’s wonderfully approachable and finely crafted vocal writing. The sound, too, is outstanding' (Gramophone)

“This superb disc contains a balanced cross- section of Rutter's sacred choral music, spanning over a quarter century and featuring several first recordings. Rutter's stylistic hallmarks are all here: an unfailing knack to get to the root of the text, exquisitely balanced vocal writing, melting harmonies, intensely sweet turns of phrase, short ecstatic climaxes, but also a willingness to be astringent, and rhythmically powerful. There are nods to pageantry, for example in the conclusion of the Gloria with its Waltonian swagger, some decliously echt Sullivan at the end of the Te Deum and, in I my Best-beloved's am, an occasional vision of the neo-Byzantine soundworld of his fellow Highgate School pupil, John Tavener.
The artistry of the 25 full-bodied voices of Polyphony is beyond reproach, only suffering a deficit in sheer volume when pitted against the full fury of The Wallace Collection. Sumptuously recorded, all the forces involved play to perfection. Greatly enjoyable.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - August 2001

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Rutter: Requiem

Rutter: Requiem

and other choral works


Rutter:

Requiem

with Rosa Mannion (soprano)

Hymn to the Creator of Light

God be in my head

A Gaelic blessing

Cantate Domino

Open Thou Mine Eyes

A prayer of Saint Patrick

A choral fanfare

Draw on, sweet night for choir

My true love hath my heart for choir

The Lord bless you and keep you


“Here is music finely crafted, written with love for the art and an especial care for choral sound” Gramophone Magazine

“A radiant richness of sound” Penguin Guide

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Rutter: Requiem and other choral works

Rutter: Requiem and other choral works


Rutter:

Requiem

with ROSA MANNION soprano

Hymn to the Creator of Light

God be in my head

A Gaelic blessing

Cantate Domino

No 5 from Psalmfest

Open Thou Mine Eyes

A prayer of Saint Patrick

A choral fanfare

Draw on, sweet night for choir

No 2 from Birthday madrigals

My true love hath my heart for choir

No 4 from Birthday madrigals

The Lord bless you and keep you


“Here is music finely crafted, written with love for the art and an especial care for choral sound.
It's melodious without being commonplace, harmonically rich without being sticky, modern in the graceful way of a child who grows up responsive to newness but not wanting to kick his elders in the teeth. He gives us the heart's desire. But he's on too familiar terms with our heart's desires, he doesn't extend them, or surprise us into realising that they were deeper and subtler than we thought. This is by way of cautiously savouring a remembered taste, which could readily be indulged without perceived need for an interval: one item leads to another and before we know it the pleasurable hour is over. The Requiem is the longest work; the other pieces vary from two to just over six minutes.
Most are unaccompanied and show the choir of 25 voices as another of those expert groups of assured and gifted professionals that are among the principal adornments of modern musical life. Their capacity as a virtuoso choir is tested in the Cantate Domino and Choral Fanfare, but Rutter writes for real singers (not just singer-musicians) and their tone is unfailingly beautiful. The two soloists are excellent.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey

A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey


Chilcott:

Shepherd's Carol

Dove:

The three Kings

Gruber, F:

Silent Night

Arranged by Christopher Bowers-Broadbent

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Lavino:

Nativity

Leighton:

A Christmas Carol, Op. 21

Mathias:

Ave Rex, Op. 45

Pearsall:

In dulci jubilo

Poulenc:

Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël

Rutter:

Dormi, Jesu

trad.:

Joys Seven

Arranged by Stephen Cleobury

I saw three ships

Arranged by James O’Donnell

Walton:

All this time


The first of this month’s ‘double bill’ from Westminster presents a delightful and unusual selection of music for Christmas from the Abbey Choir. It encompasses all the diverse themes of Christmas which have inspired composers across the ages: light shining in darkness; the tenderness of mother and child; the fulfilment of promise; and the warm merriment of corporate celebration.

An excellent selection of contemporary carols features the composers Jonathan Dove and Bob Chilcott among others. The richness of twentieth-century church music is illustrated in works by Poulenc, Walton, Mathias and Leighton, and by the heartbreakingly lovely piece The little road to Bethlehem by Michael Head. Skilful arrangements of the traditional carols Silent night, In dulci jubilo and I saw three ships, complete this attractive seasonal release.

“An ambitious and superbly sung programme, sympathetically framed within the choir's spaciously atmospheric home acoustic.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2008 *****

“The Christmas Eve carol service at Westminster Abbey is one of the most warming events in the festive calendar, and this CD captures the atmosphere beautifully … The singing is a constant delight” The Telegraph

Presto Disc of the Week

8th December 2008

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Advent at St Paul’s

Advent at St Paul’s


anon.:

Laudes Regiae

arr. Christopher Dearnley

Rejoice in the Lord alway

Angelus ad virginem

arr. Sir David Valentine Willcocks

Britten:

A Hymn of Saint Columba

Bruckner:

Virga Jesse floruit

Byrd:

Laetentur coeli

Carter, A:

Organ Toccata on Veni Emmanuel

Gibbons, O:

This is the Record of John

Handl:

Ecce concipies

Lloyd, R:

Drop down ye heavens from above

Palestrina:

Matin Responsory

arr. Sir David Valentine Willcocks

Vesper Responsory

arr. Christopher Dearnley

Parsons, R:

Ave Maria

Peerson:

Blow out the trumpet in Sion

Rutter:

Hymn to the Creator of Light

trad.:

O come, o come, Emmanuel

arr. Andrew Carter

Weelkes:

Hosanna to the Son of David

Wilby:

Echo Carol


Every year on Advent Sunday St Paul’s Cathedral in London holds an Advent Carol Service. This recording captures the mood and structure of this event, presenting a selection of the music which might be performed in its liturgical order.

The Church’s preparation for the coming of Christ begins in contemplative mood with the plainchant processional Laudes Regiae and the famous Mattins Responsory (‘I look from afar … ’). The wealth of music that follows is typical of the approach of this choir: traditional favourites such as Hosanna to the Son of David and the Parsons Ave Maria rest alongside contemporary works from composers such as John Rutter, Richard Lloyd and Philip Wilby. This album—and the hypothetical service—comes to an end with a joyous arrangement of the great hymn O come, O come, Emmanuel; an organ toccata on the same theme by Andrew Carter acts as the voluntary.

“This truly rich advent feast is performed wonderfully well on all counts and can be highly recommended” Organists Review

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Christmas at St John’s

Christmas at St John’s

A sequence of music leading from the darkness of Advent to the blazing light of Christmas, Epiphany and beyond


 

Chapel Bell

Bingham, J:

The clouded heaven

Goldschmidt, O:

A tender shoot has started

Gregorian Chant:

Rorate caeli

O sapientia

O Adonai

O Radix Jesse

O clavis David

O oriens

O rex gentium

O Emmanuel

Hodie Christus natus est

Holst:

This have I done for my true love, H128, Op. 34 No. 1

Howells:

A Spotless Rose

Lauridsen:

O magnum mysterium

Naylor, E W:

Vox dicentis: Clama

Pott:

Lullay my liking

Rutter:

There is a flower

trad.:

O come, o come, Emmanuel

Lo, he comes with clouds descending

Wade, J F:

O come, all ye faithful

Warlock:

Bethlehem Down

arranged David Hill


“The John’s choir, fielding what sounds like a vintage crop of trebles, sings throughout with its trademark mixture of refinement and gutsy energy” The Telegraph

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Organ Fireworks X

Organ Fireworks X


Behnke:

Siyahamba ‘We are marching in the light of God'

Bonnet:

Matin Provençal No. 2 from Poèmes d'Automne, Op. 3

Duruflé:

Toccata (from Suite, Op. 5)

Farrington:

Celebration from Fiesta!

Johnson, David:

Trumpet Tune in G

Liszt:

Fantasia and Fugue on ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undam', S259

Meyerbeer:

The Anabaptist's Choral from Le Prophète

Mulet:

Esquisse Byzantine: No. 10 'Tu es petra et portae inferi non praevalebunt'

Rutter:

Variations on an Easter theme

Takle:

Blues-Toccata


Christopher Herrick (Letourneau organ in the Concert Hall of The Winspear Centre, Edmonton, Canada)

‘The sound on this release is excellent’ (Fanfare, USA)

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The English Anthem 7

The English Anthem 7


Attwood, T:

Turn thy face from my sins

Bairstow:

Lord, thou hast been our refuge

Britten:

Hymn to St. Peter, Op. 56a

Goss, J:

If we believe that Jesus died

Howells:

O Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Leighton:

Give me the wings of faith

Lewis, G:

Justorum animæ (The souls of the righteous)

Moore, P:

Lo! God is here!

Parry:

Never weather-beaten sail (No. 3 from Songs of Farewell)

Rutter:

God be in my head

Stanford:

How beauteous are their feet

Sumsion:

They that go down to the sea in ships

Walton:

A Litany 'Drop, drop slow tears'

Wood, C:

Oculi omnium


Huw Williams (organ)

The Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, John Scott

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The English Anthem 8

The English Anthem 8


Bairstow:

Lord, I call upon thee

Dearnley:

Jubilate

Gibbons, O:

Great Lord of Lords

Goss, J:

O pray for the peace of Jerusalem

McKie:

We wait for thy loving kindness O God

Middleton, H S:

Let my prayer be set forth

Parry:

Lord, let me know mine end (No. 6 from Songs of Farewell)

Rutter:

A crown of glory

Scott, John:

Behold, O God our defender

Sheppard, J:

Libera nos

Stainer:

They that wait upon the Lord

Stanford:

Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem, Op. 123

Tabakova:

Praise

Vann:

Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is

Wesley, S S:

Praise the Lord, my soul

Whitlock, P:

Glorious in heaven


Huw Williams (organ)

Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, John Scott

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