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listen  1. Requiem: I. Requiem aeternamKing's College Choir, Cambridge/Sinfonia of London/Stephen Cleobury 5:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Requiem: II. Out of the deep (Jo Cole, cello)King's College Choir, Cambridge/Sinfonia of London/Stephen Cleobury 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Requiem: III. Pie Jesu (Edward Saklatvala, treble)King's College Choir, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury/City of London Sinfonia 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Requiem: IV. SanctusKing's College Choir, Cambridge/Sinfonia of London/Stephen Cleobury 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Requiem: V. Agnus Dei (Duke Dobing, flute)King's College Choir, Cambridge/Sinfonia of London/Stephen Cleobury 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Requiem: VI. The Lord is my shepherd (Christopher Hooker, oboe)King's College Choir, Cambridge/Sinfonia of London/Stephen Cleobury 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Requiem: VII. Lux aeterna (Thomas Harries, treble)King's College Choir, Cambridge/City of London Sinfonia/Stephen Cleobury 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Veni Sancte SpiritusRobert Quinney/Stephen Cleobury/Choir Of King'S College, Cambridge 6:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. What sweeter musicRobert Quinney/Choir Of King'S College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Hymn to the Creator of LightStephen Cleobury/Choir Of King'S College, Cambridge 7:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cantate DominoStephen Cleobury/Choir Of King'S College, Cambridge 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. CantusThe Wallace Collection/Stephen Cleobury/Choir of King's College, Cambridge 7:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Te DeumChoir Of King's College, Cambridge/Robert Quinney/The Wallace Collection/Stephen Cleobury 7:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (August 11, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000009OQB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It has a lyrical and very lovely melody, meaningful words and wonderful SATB voices.
Jesher Loi
The Choir of King's handles the extremely difficult score with technical aplomb (that makes it sound so easy!)
David Lorah
This version of this composition is something that you "feel" as much as you hear it.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mark Swinton on December 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a near-perfect introduction to the music of John Rutter, a composer who has forged a place in the hearts of many listeners. Although he has written for most media (including solo instruments and orchestra), it is his choral music that commands the most attention- primarily as there is so much of it! And on this disc, the King's College Choir explores some highlights of the last ten years or so, including a number of works written for them. The Requiem is itself a fine work. I have sung it on two occasions so I know the demands it places on performers; most of these are overcome so well that it sounds like an easy work. There are a few places where the orchestra drowns out the choir (slightly smaller perhaps than Rutter intended) but in general the work is an absolute joy to listen to from beginning to end- every emotion is felt, indeed every note seems to be just right. In the other works, there is even clearer evidence of Rutter's diversity and personal style: most speak for themselves although I was rather surprised by "Hymn to the Creator of Light", the opening of which bears echoes of John Tavener. The final two tracks stand out above all the rest in that they feature the Wallace Collection, surely the most beautiful brass band I have ever heard, in two memorable showcases- "Cantus", a single word setting that makes glad the heart and may well draw tears from sensitive listeners; and "Te Deum", in which the scintillating combination of organ, brass and drums will sweep you away in a wave of pomp and majesty. If you want to discover Rutter, this is the disc for you; if you or your friends and loved ones already know and like Rutter, this disc will make a fine addition to any collection or gift list.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Scott Taylor on June 6, 2000
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This is a fine recording of John Rutter's masterpiece. The Choir of King's is exceptional. The recording features the full orchestral accompaniment with amazing soloists, specifically flute, cello and oboe. I am particularly found of performances by all-male choirs of this composer's music - Pie Jesu is breathtaking as a boy soprano solo. I believe this to be the best recording yet on disc of the Requiem. The programme is rounded out by other secular choral works. The Wallace Collection brass ensemble is a great guest on the disc as well. Highly Recommended.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2000
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We had heard of neither Rutter nor Cleobury until a chance airing of "Te Deum" on the local classical station's sacred music concert had us scrambling madly for pen and paper and thence directly to the music store.
This CD contains a stellar cross-section of Rutter's work. He combines the melodic simplicity of Bach with a distinctly modern sensibility. The combined effect of the music's sheer beauty, the exquisite skill of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, and the magisterial hush of the King's College Chapel make for an ethereal and thoroughly transformative musical experience.
It's truly *lovely.* Words simply cannot convey the listening experience, let alone do it justice. This recording will blow you away, if not change your life.
--VMS/PTS
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amateur reviewer on January 3, 2007
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I agree with so much of what's been said in the other reviews ... "it never fails to get me," etc. I wanted to add my 5 stars and a few comments, as well.

I incidentally discovered this work when a local classical radio station broadcast "Pie Jesu," and like the writer above, I scrambled for a pen. Honestly, I still have the same sense of wonder and amazement that I first experienced that day, every time I hear the piece. I've since researched and listened to other versions of "Pie Jesu", and I agree that this is the finest version ever recorded. (I would say the same for the entire "Requiem" on this CD.) This version of this composition is something that you "feel" as much as you hear it.

John Rutter apparently wrote this specifically for the acoustics of King's College Cathedral, and the superb technical quality of this recording adds a lot to the experience. There are wonderful French horn and oboe solos in several pieces (not so in other versions I've heard.) Rutter comments that he wrote it in memoriam, after he suffered a personal loss, and I believe he's musically expressed the human experience of death & loss as well as anyone ever has. So when I lost my father in October 2006, I included several movements in the funeral service: "Pie Jesu", sung in Latin with just a few phrases repeated throughout; Psalm 23, sung in English, at times hauntingly; and Lux Aeterna, again Latin, in which I sense a celebration of one's life, and the beginning of one's healing after a loss.

If you're interested in a CD to listen to, when you're mostly in the mood for a spiritual experience - this one comes highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesher Loi on March 13, 2007
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The Rutter's Requiem is one of the most beautiful music written in our time. It has a lyrical and very lovely melody, meaningful words and wonderful SATB voices. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2010
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Rutter's music has achieved a success I am not completely sure it always quite deserves. It is unabashedly tonal and melodic, heart-on-sleeve and extremely sugary, the kind of music those of us who appreciate uncompromising avant-garde music shouldn't like. Yet I have to admit that I really enjoyed his Requiem - it is written in a style slightly reminiscent of Fauré and Duruflé, peaceful and reflective, although it isn't anywhere near as memorable. It does however exhibit something of an individual, recognizable musical voice, and it is, indeed, really beautiful. A very worthwhile, moving discovery, in other words.

It has been recorded several times by now, and although I haven't heard the alternative recordings, the singing on this one is quite superb. The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, is an all male choir, and one of the best - the textures are wonderful and the way lower and higher voices interact is thoroughly effective, creating some gorgeous sonorities (the City of London Sinfonia is no less impressive in that respect). The sound quality is great as well. The fillers are less interesting (somewhat boring, in fact), but the main work is reason enough to consider acquiring this disc; recommended.
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