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'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
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John Rutter: A Song in Season
New sacred choral music by John Rutter
October 2010 sees the release on Collegium of a major collection of new choral music by John Rutter, featuring a host of previously unrecorded works in glittering performances by the Cambridge Singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Conducted by the composer, John Rutter: A Song in Season ranges across the church’s year, incorporating music for Christmas, Epiphany, Pentecost, Easter and Harvest.
The first album of new anthems and canticles by Rutter since his landmark 2002 recording of ‘Mass of the Children’, this beautifully-packaged, full-price digipak release promises to delight both seasoned Rutter followers and new listeners.
“The Wells Jubilate is typical Rutter - brightly melodic, immediately communicative, and well calculated to bring executive satisfaction to the performers...With Rutter himself conducting his own, outstanding Cambridge singers, these excellently recorded performances have a grip and authority hard to equal.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 ****
“John Rutter's melodic gift proves as eloquent and natural today as it's always been...Attention to detail and the pursuit of musical excellence run in tandem with Rutter's performances, considerations shared on this recording by his Cambridge Singers and their accompanists.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 *****
“The hand-picked Cambridge Singers perform with conviction, warmth and poise...This matchless choral feast shows Rutter at the top of his composing abilities. A first-class production.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2010
“Rutter's melodic gift never deserts him, and it blossoms here as readily as ever...The performances by Rutter's own choir are full ardent joy and rich, flowing lyricism, and the recording is first class.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition
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