John Rutter - The Choral Collection
John Rutter & The Cambridge Singers
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If John Rutter's lush, maximalist textures and gigantic string-laden compositions and arrangements move you, this collection of orchestral pieces certainly will be your cup of tea (herbal, of course). In his vocal works, Rutter occasionally uses instrumental restraint so as not to distract from the power in his message. But here, the stops are out. Aside from the rather impressionistic title cut, the rest of the pieces here are multi-part suites or "meditations." The "Five Meditations for Orchestra" work the best since each section concentrates on different chromatics and dynamics, showcasing different aspects of the ensemble in relation to a theme. The four-part "Suite for Strings" centers around traditional tunes from the British folk vernacular, and the "Suite Antique for Flute, Harpsichord and Strings" is a fine setting for the older instrument in a modern context. Only the sugary, overtly sweet and hopelessly drawn-out romanticism of his three-part "Beatles Concerto for Two Piano and Orchestra" falls flat on its face.
All the greats!
For fans of Rutter's music, and even those that aren't, this is the perfect Christmas gift. From old classics like 'For the Beauty of the Earth' to new pieces like 'The Gift of Music' (sung beautifully by Allan Clayton), this album offers both joy and sadness. The arrangement of 'Deep River' made me shed more than one tear, as it somehow manages to reach 'deep' into the soul. There are so many great things that can be said about this album, and there isn't space enough to say them!
This is too sickly sweet for me. I like the Cambridge Singers when they are singing more traditional repotoire but a whole disc of Rutter is too much to take. If you like Songs of Praise you will love this, but if you prefer church music unsullied then look elswhere.
Never possessed an album full of Rutter nor of the Cambridge Singers, but I love this. I bought it for the track 'The Gift of Music' but I could sit and listen to Rutter all night long. A lovely collection.
Born: 24 September 1945 in London, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by John Rutter
||For The Beauty Of The Earth||John Rutter - The Choral Collection||3:40||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Lord bless you and keep you||John Rutter - The Choral Collection||2:36||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||O Holy Night||The Colours of Christmas||5:57||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Gaelic Blessing||John Rutter - The Choral Collection||1:49||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Candlelight Carol||The John Rutter Christmas Album||4:13||£0.59||View in iTunes|
||Nativity Carol||The John Rutter Christmas Album||4:28||£0.59||View in iTunes|
||Angels' Carol||The John Rutter Christmas Album||3:19||£0.59||View in iTunes|
||All things bright and beautiful||John Rutter - The Choral Collection||2:44||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Christmas Overture||A Christmas Festival||7:28||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Shepherd's Pipe Carol||The John Rutter Christmas Album||2:59||£0.59||View in iTunes|