Rutter: Gloria, Magnificat & Te Deum

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Rutter: Gloria, Magnificat & Te Deum



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28th March 2011




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Rutter: Gloria, Magnificat & Te Deum




Te Deum

Elizabeth Cragg (soprano) & Tom Winpenny (organ)

The Choirs of St Albans Cathedral & Ensemble DeChorum, Andrew Lucas


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A welcome new addition to the English Choral Music series on Naxos, and a glorious follow-up to the two best-selling Rutter titles in the catalogue - Requiem and Mass of the Children.

The three works heard on this disc span a period of fifteen years from 1974-1990. John Rutter’s Gloria was a milestone in his career as it was the first major commission he had received from overseas, and sowed the seeds of his popularity in America. It remains an evergreen favourite with choirs worldwide for its freshness, drama and sheer beauty.

The 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.

The Choirs of St Albans Cathedral, conducted by Andrew Lucas are on fine form in this their first recording for Naxos. “The sound of the choir is full and colourful throughout and the boys produce a very fine sound indeed matching their well-developed sound with mature musicianship” The Organ

John Rutter: Gloria

I. Allegro vivace

II. Andante

III. Vivace e ritmico

John Rutter: Magnificat

Magnificat anima mea

Of a Rose, a lovely Rose

Quia fecit mihi magna

Et misericordia

Fecit potentiam


Gloria Patri

John Rutter: Te Deum

Te Deum

The Telegraph

14th April 2011


“His festive settings of the Gloria, Magnificat and Te Deum were written over the period 1974-1990. These vivid performances show how thoroughly Rutter can absorb them and make music of exhilarating impact.”

Classic FM Magazine

June 2011


“I love the confident swagger and tonal punch of the St Albans trebles, with boys and girls united for this uplifting recording, and the wholehearted commitment of the Hertfordshire cathedral's adult voices...The conductor generally allows Rutter's melodies to breathe and, above all, passionately communicates his interpretations.”

BBC Music Magazine

June 2011


“the boys and girls of the combined St Albans choirs disport themselves royally in this recording, pinning the tricksy syncopations of the concluding movement [of the Gloria] deftly, and relishing their high notes at the soaring conclusion...overall this is a notably fresh, uplifting account of what remains one of Rutter's most popular and widely sung creations.”

Penguin Guide

2011 edition

“this is one of the most attractive Rutter collections yet...The performances here are quite splendid in every respect, with moving solo singing, a dedicated choral contribution, and excellent support from the Ensemble DeChorum and Tom Winpenny (organ) admirably directed by Andrew Lucas.”

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