We are very happy to share that John Rutter – The Piano Collection is being released by Decca Records on 20th November. It will be available across all digital streaming platforms, as well as being made available on CD in the UK, and is rich with Christmas tracks that have been newly recorded by Wayne Marshall. There is also a limited number of special signed CDs available, which can be pre-ordered ahead of the album’s full release later this month.
John says: “For The Piano Collection I chose 17 pieces of mine, and it’s perhaps no surprise that nine of them are carol transcriptions – Christmas has always been an important part of my life. Without their seasonal texts, I hope listeners can feel free to enjoy them throughout the year.”
The sheet music has been published by Oxford University Press and is available in two volumes: The John Rutter Piano Album (eight of John’s best-loved choral works arranged for piano) and The John Rutter Christmas Piano Album (eight Christmas compositions).
The full track list for John Rutter – The Piano Collection is as follows:
- What Sweeter Music
- A Child’s Lullaby
- The Lord Bless You and Keep You
- All Things Bright and Beautiful
- A Flower Remembered
- The Very Best Time of Year
- For the Beauty of the Earth
- Be Thou My Vision
- A Gaelic Blessing
- Candlelight Carol
- A Clare Benediction
- Angels’ Carol
- The Colours of Christmas
- Nativity Carol
- Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace
- Mary’s Lullaby
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I was listening to John on Songs of Praise these past few weeks and thought of writing to him to suggest that he released some of his music for either piano or organ. I am an average piano player which has led me to becoming a church organist. In these days of no hymn singing and highly recommended to play hymns as preludes etc to stop the congregation joining in I have been looking around for suitable music. Its going to be an interesting challenge to play these arrangements, I hope I do not murder these lovely tunes.