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  • Performer: Roderick Williams, Joanne Lunn
  • Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Audio CD (September 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collegium Records
  • ASIN: B0000BX5K6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Rutter is probably the best choral composer of this era.
Charles J. Anctil
The orchestra is stunning, just enough to add beauty to the piece.
Kat
It is so etherial at times and the Agnus Dei will tug your heart.
William W. Geigerich

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. B Hazen on February 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It was a bright Florida afternoon....not much traffic on the highway. I popped Rutter's new CD in my car stereo. Wrapped in the total sound of the disc, I gathered my thoughts for this commentary.
Several years ago, the Rutters sustained the most painful, tragic loss of their young son, a computer whiz, and a singer. It was one of those accidents that should have never happened...a wayward car. This crushing blow seemed to have silenced the composer for awhile, as it would if one of us were to have sustained such a painful loss. Somehow all of us eventually find a venue to bring the pain out into acceptance, and get on with out lives.
The "Mass for Children" brought sadness to my heart, as well as the feeling of redemption. It is a beautiful work, crafted with eloquence in Rutter's own distiguishable sound. Perhaps this was Rutter's way of paying tribute to his son, clearing his soul of torment, and moving back into the light of creation....a personal catharsis.
The music on the entire CD floats with a sense of spirituality Rutter achieved with his "Requiem". (This work is always being performed somewhere in the world as it resonates with most everyone who knows it intimately.) The solo duets in this disc are truly inspired, and the voices of children fulfill Rutter's purpose in writing more music for juniors choirs. Bravo!
But this is Rutter at his best...it's not "Shepherd's Pipe Carol" or "Gloria", but it is very introspective, spiritually satisying, and definitely John Rutter.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David Henderson on September 11, 2003
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"Mass of the Children" is, unquestionably, John Rutter's most magnificent, powerful and emotional composition. As the only guest at the recording session in May 2003 for "Mass of the Children," let me share a little about the scene - it was in the Great Hall of University College School in Hempstead - a grand room, wood paneled with a tall arched ceiling. In the balcony at one end was the Cantate Youth Choir, a group of girls, ages 13 to 18, from Essex. Below them was John's legendary choir, The Cambridge Singers - 26 of the finest voices in England. In front of The Cambridge Singers were the two soloists - soprano Joanne Lunn and baritone Roderick Williams. Then, John and a 30-piece orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia.
What happened that afternoon was more than a recording session. It was more significant and more inspired. It truly was, I believe, a Mass in remembrance of a child. And, I think, you can hear it on this recording, especially in the Finale (track 5), when about halfway through the pure voices of the children soar above the orchestra and The Cambridge Singers, filling the Great Hall with something you've never heard before on a recording ... like angels singing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kat on September 10, 2004
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I sing with my school choir, and was blessed to be able to perform the Mass of the Children with the school. It is a beautiful mass-- the lightness of the childrens voices with the power of the adult choirs make a moving and powerful mass. The orchestra is stunning, just enough to add beauty to the piece. Rutter's Mass of the Children is a must-have for any person who enjoys this type of music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daisy T. on December 26, 2004
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As an avid choral enthusiast, and having performed The Mass of the Children, I can say that this is one of Rutter's finest works. Without a doubt, Rutter truly allows his soul to shine through in this masterpiece. The children's choir is fabulous, and the music gives me chill bumps whenever I hear it. I highly recommend this album!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By surfinmuse on March 30, 2005
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I contemplated on this 3-star rating for a bit, especially after reading all the 4- to 5-star ratings preceding this. John Rutter is a terrific and charismatic choral conductor and writer. His editing on Fauré's Requiem really galvanized the popularity of that work, not to mention his own very heart-felt Requiem setting as well. Speaking of Requiem settings, my bone to pick about the "Mass of the Children" work is such that it emulates (albeit in a heart-felt and sincere fashion) other large-scale works that involve orchestral, treble and mixed choruses, very specifically Benjamin Britten's unforgettable War Requiem. I couldn't help but feel a bit slighted by the last few pages of "Mass of the Children" and its much diluted rendition of the War Requiem's counterpart conclusion. I think those famliar w/ the Britten will know what I mean. It's hard not to draw a comparison because the similarities are striking yet determinedly contrived.

In any case, I do understand that the participants and "target audience" are perhaps less lofty than that of the Britten. According to the score inscription, this was "written at the inviation of Peter Tiboris and MidAmerica Productions."

There are other anthems on this CD that offer a nice addition. I think the Clare Benediction is a stand-out as a great latter-Rutter anthem, with a characteristically satisfying, fluent and "inevitable" cadences towards the end.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2003
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Regardless of the measured and somewhat smug opinion of the person from NJ, I have never before heard a piece of choral music quite so beautiful as Mr. Rutter's "Mass of the Children." It is a truly inspired work and, as a parent, it touches my soul with emotion.
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