This album explores the secular works by Rutter: Fancies is an Elizabethan poetry cycle; When Icicles Hang sets texts by Shakespeare and Campion; the Five Childhood Lyrics set a group of simple rhymes in a spirit of fun and fairytale; and the six-movement Suite Antique for flute, harpsichord and strings ranges from simple, classic ‘aria’ to upbeat ‘jazz waltz’.
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Well, it’s John here. I’m told I should introduce myself, so: Gender: male Nationality: British Status: married Age: not important I’ve known I wanted to be a musician ever since I could walk and talk, and the story is true that I first discovered music at home when I lifted the lid of the old… Read more »
New: a playlist of all of John Rutter’s Christmas compositions and arrangements recorded on Collegium Records.
London Town was commissioned and written to be performed by the combined forces of unison children’s choir and SATB mixed voices, with piano. The vividly communicative six-movement work, which is accompanied throughout, is full of musical contrasts from the jaunty ‘London Zoo’ to the solemn ‘Lines written in the Tower of London’. The work celebrates… Read more »
Cantique de Jean Racine was written in 1865 during Fauré’s final year at the École Niedermeyer, winning him the first prize for composition. This elegant work now holds a cherished place in the choral repertory for both sacred and secular occasions. Presented with an English singing translation in addition to the original French, Rutter’s edition… Read more »
THIS CONCERT IS NOW SOLD OUT Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and John Rutter CBE for this very special concert within the magnificent splendour of London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, as the Orchestra celebrates its 75th year at the forefront of music-making in the UK. The programme will feature masterpieces written by two great English composers:… Read more »
On Wednesday at 5.30 Evensong the Temple Church in London is celebrating what would have been John Tavener’s 75th birthday; he was my school friend and I will be speaking about him. I suddenly remembered what must be one of his very earliest compositions, a lovely hymn-tune written when he was 15 but never performed… Read more »
Rutter’s Magnificat for soprano soloist, choir and orchestra was written in 1990, and the première took place in May of that year in Carnegie Hall, New York. The text, based on the prayer ascribed by St Luke to the Virgin Mary on learning that she was to give birth to Christ, is extended by the… Read more »
This beautiful setting of verses from the psalms was commissioned by Westminster Abbey for the wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton. It was first performed on 29 April 2011 by the combined choirs of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal, in the presence of the royal family, and was broadcast live… Read more »
This is one of the best-loved and most widely performed choral works of the twentieth century. The texts (in Latin and English) are from the Missa pro Defunctis, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Psalms. The seven sections form an arch-like meditation on the themes of life and death: prayers on behalf of all… Read more »