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RUTTER: Requiem / Anthems

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

City of London Sinfonia



Karen Jones

flute

organ

Elin Manahan Thomas

soprano

Clare College Choir, Cambridge



Engineer:

Eleanor Thomason



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 67:48
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Requiem

 
1 Requiem aeternam 5:34
 Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
2 Out of the deep 6:06
 Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
3 Pie Jesu 3:36
 Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
4 Sanctus 2:04
 Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
5 Agnus Dei 5:22
 Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
6 The Lord is my shepherd 5:03
 Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
7 Lux aeterna 6:39
 Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
     
8 

Arise, shine

4:40
  organ
     
9 

Come down, O Love divine

6:51
 
     
10 

Musica Dei donum

5:50
 Karen Jones flute
     
 

2 Blessings

 
11 A Clare Benediction 3:30
  organ
12 Go forth into the world in peace 2:42
  organ
     
 

2 Organ Pieces

 
13 Toccata in 7 2:06
  organ
14 Variations on an Easter theme 7:45
  organ
Rutter: Requiem; Anthems – Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, London Sinfonia, Thomas

The melodic gift of John Rutter, so well illustrated in his carols, is used in the simplest and most direct way to create a small-scale Requiem that is as beautiful and satisfying in its English way as the works of Fauré and Duruflé. The penultimate movement, a ripe setting of ‘The Lord Is My Shepherd’ with a lovely oboe obbligato, sounds almost like an anglicised version of one of the Songs of the Auvergne. The newest Naxos recording of the Requiem tends to trump all previous versions, even the composer’s own very fine account. Recorded in the expansive acoustic of Douai Abbey, Berkshire, it is very beautifully sung indeed, joyful in the Sanctus and darkly dramatic in the Agnus Dei with its steady drum beat. Elin Manahan Thomas is an ideal soloist, singing the Pie Jesu with touching simplicity, and rising up celestially in the Lux aeterna. Christopher Hooker’s oboe obbligato in ‘The Lord Is My Shepherd’ is comparably sensitive. The extra items are equally successful, the exultant Advent anthem Arise, Shine contrasting with the opulent Howells-like piece for double choir, Come Down, O Love Divine, and the soaring Latin anthem, with its pastoral flute, Rutter’s favourite woodwind instrument. The Two Blessings, with their easy melodic flow, are rather like Rutter’s carols, and the pair of thematically linked organ voluntaries, the first immediately catchy in its rhythms, and the duet Variations sonorous and unpredictable, round off the programme most satisfyingly. Both are very well played indeed, and the recording is first class.

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