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Rutter: Distant Land - The Orchestral Collection

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Editorial Reviews


1. Distant Land
2. What Sweeter Music
3. Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
4. Candlelight
5. Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Peace
6. The Lord Bless You And Keep You
7. A-Roving
8. I Have A Bonnet Trimmed With Blue
9. O Waly Waly
10. Dashing Away
11. 1. Prelude
12. 2. Ostinato
13. 3. Aria
14. 4. Waltz
15. 5. Chanson
16. 6. Rondeau
17. First Movement: She Loves You/Eleanor Rigby/Yesterday/All My Loving/Hey Jude
18. Second Movement: Here, There And Everywhere/Something
19. Third Movement: Can't Buy Me Love/The Long And Winding Road

Product Details

  • Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic
  • Conductor: John Rutter
  • Composer: John Rutter
  • Audio CD (January 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000D9YAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Miles D. Moore VINE VOICE on May 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
John Rutter, a contemporary composer best known for his choral music, shows off his talent for orchestral music in "Distant Land," conducting the Royal Philharmonic. Rutter freely admits that most of the pieces on this CD had their roots in songs and choral music, and indeed the works here are distinguished mainly by their songlike melodies. Frankly, I find the "Beatles Concerto" little more than a novelty, but other works here--particularly the "Five Meditations for Orchestra"--I could listen to with pleasure every day of my life. Another reviewer on this site compared these pieces to Holst's "Brook Green Suite" and Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances," and indeed anyone who likes those works will like Rutter's orchestral music. As an orchestral composer, Rutter lacks the complexity that would elevate him to the top rank of British composers--Elgar, Delius, Vaughan Williams, Britten--but he deserves a solid place on the second rung with Holst, Finzi and Bax. In an age when most classical composers seemingly strive to portray their latest migraines in music, it's pleasant to encounter a composer who isn't afraid to write something pretty.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Danilo on July 3, 2006
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John Rutter is one of today's leading composers and arrangers of music for chorus and orchestra. Some of his best works are featured in this instrumental album played with a lush flavor. But the highlight is a concerto arrangement of top Beatle's songs played in a symphonic mode featuring two pianos. You have the feel of the great master composers and the fun of listening to an unbelievable transition from rock to classical. Eleanor Rigby, Hey Jude, and Can't Buy Me Love sound like they're straight from Carnegie Hall Steinways. A most unusual and beautiful instrumental album.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2004
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A must have for any fan of Rutter's choral music. This completely orchestral album is full of tender and charming music that is so "Rutter." His restrained and delicate hand in choral music is ever present in these beautiful orchestrations. Not at all heavy or overwrought, these songs are easy and approachable by any ears.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James E. Bondelid on August 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have sung many of Rutter's choral works and arrangements, but I never knew that he had done orchestral works until I heard the Beatles Concerto on the radio. I had to have this album, and I was not disappointed. Distant Land is inspiring, the other works are very pleasurable, and as an old baby boomer Beatles fan, I just love to sing along with the concerto, even if he did steal shamelessly from Chopin and Rachmaninof for some of the piano interludes. I have searched for a copy of the score, but I can't yet find it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simerial on August 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Beautiful instrumental setting. Distant Land (the first track) is surely the highlight of the album. The Five Meditations are also very pleasant to listen to. The suite for strings is great to if you like a little bit of "Modern influence". The Suite Antique is fun but sometimes it sounds "awkward" as the "baroque style" instrumentation and the "contemporary" musical themes clash from time to time. The Beatles Cto is a curiosity. Great if you like to collect all these type of Beatles arrangements (baroque style, classical style, string quartet settings, etc.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles T. Peele on November 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ever since I heard the Beatles Concerto being used to help raise money on our local NPR station, I had to have Distant Land. Needless to say, I coudn't get the Orlando NPR people to give me any help, wouldn't answer my eMail requests for the source, so it took some searching to add the disc to my collection.

It's like Sterling on Siver.............CTP
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kITTY hIGGINS on June 1, 2009
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this CD contains the most beautiful arrangement of Beatles music I have ever heard. I have gifted many friends with this CD and the response has been the same from all. The first part is primarily Rutter`s music which is always beautiful of course but don`t stop there suddenly this beautiful sound starts and you realize yes, it`s the Beatles music played as you have never heard it before. It brought tears to my husband`s eyes --he`s no cry baby just loves music. Trust me this is a winner
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Barber on January 9, 2007
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I was thoroughly pleased with this purchase. One of the best CD's in my collection. Very soothing to listen to. I was never a great Beatles fan, but listening to this rendition of their works was extemely pleasing.

I highly recomend it.

Dan Barber
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