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Be thou my vision

Sacred music by John Rutter

The Cambridge Singers | City of London Sinfonia
John Rutter (conductor)

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Church anthems by John Rutter.

This collection draws together many of the much-loved and most-requested shorter choral works by John Rutter.

Gathered from across the Collegium catalogue, Be thou my vision includes all of the church anthems and other sacred pieces for which Rutter is justly famous, representing for the first time a handy compendium of the best-loved Rutter works in their definitive performances by the Cambridge Singers, directed by the composer.

Audio learning guides are available for the following pieces, from ChoirGuides

A Clare Benediction
A Gaelic Blessing
All things bright and beautiful
For the beauty of the earth
God be in my head
Look at the world
Open thou mine eyes
Be thou my vision
I will sing with the spirit

Track list

  1. Be thou my vision
  2. Open thou mine eyes
  3. I will sing with the spirit
  4. A Gaelic Blessing
  5. Wings of the morning
  6. O be joyful in the Lord
  7. All things bright and beautiful
  8. I will lift up mine eyes
  9. As the bridegroom to his chosen
  10. A prayer of Saint Patrick
  11. Loving Shepherd of thy sheep
  12. Look at the world
  13. O clap your hands
  14. The Lord is my light and my salvation
  15. Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace
  16. I believe in springtime
  17. God be in my head
  18. A Clare Benediction
  19. For the beauty of the earth
  20. Thy perfect love
  21. The Lord bless you and keep you

“All my favourites are present and correct. I hope yours are too” Cross Rhythms

“If you’re a Rutter fan and you want this interesting mix of very popular and somewhat rare anthems on one disc, I need offer no further encouragement; if you want to know why Rutter is one of today’s most popular and beloved composers, begin with track 4, A Gaelic Blessing, and you’ll understand.” Classics Today

“John Rutter has selected some of his favorite church anthems from previous releases of his music to put together the collection Be Thou My Vision. Most of these have full orchestral accompaniment, as Rutter prefers these versions over those with just organ, but there are also a few a cappella anthems thrown in as well, which sound just as lush and graceful as the orchestral ones… This recording features his own Cambridge Singers, with the City of London Sinfonia, all under his baton and sounding highly polished…
The compilation contains many of his more popular anthems, such as A Gaelic Blessing, All things bright and beautiful, and I will lift up mine eyes from his Requiem. It’s a fine sampling of his non-Christmas church music.” AllMusic

“John Rutter has made his phenomenally successful career primarily through his church music–unfailingly accessible, eminently singable, memorably melodic, with familiar, often pop-flavored harmonies in settings that always respect and honor the texts and promise listeners a satisfying experience. His legacy has been sealed not only by the countless choirs that have sung and recorded his works, but especially through his recordings with his own hand-picked choir, The Cambridge Singers… This release from Collegium actually is a compilation of 21 of Rutter’s”church anthems” collected from previous recordings, a logical conceptual package designed both for those who already have these pieces, scattered throughout several CDs, and for newcomers to Rutter’s work…” Classics Today

“This collection, bringing together on one disc some of the most popular pieces from earlier releases, contains many anthems which are now part of the staple musical diet of many Christian churches and will be familiar to many readers.  In those situations the accompaniment is usually provided by an organ but on this CD, Rutter indulges his preference for orchestral support and provides ample evidence that he is not only a wonderful melodist but also a musician whose orchestrations invariably enhance the beauty of each song.  The work of the Cambridge Singers is as to be expected, of the highest standard.” Libretto

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