On this day in 2016, Visions was published by Oxford University Press; a four-movement piece for solo violin, string orchestra, harp and choir of treble voices, by John Rutter. Inspired by the idea of ‘Jerusalem’ both as a Holy City and a utopian ideal of heavenly peace, the composer has selected four biblical texts, in English and Latin, that express different aspects of this vision. The profound subject matter is taken up in the celestial soundworld of the choir and the virtuosic, vibrant, and expressive writing for violin, all set against a backdrop of rich textures and harmonies in the strings and harp. A CD of Visions and John Rutter’s Requiem is recorded on Collegium Records by John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers, with Kerson Leong Violin, the Choristers of Temple Church Choir and Aurora Orchestra.
Processional and prelude: Jerusalem the Blessed
Lament for Jerusalem
Finale: The holy city