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Rutter: Requiem


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  • Performer: Cambridge Singers
  • Composer: John Rutter
  • Audio CD (April 1, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collegium
  • ASIN: B0000031GZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Requiem Aeternum
2. Out Of The Deep
3. Pie Jesu
4. Sanctus
5. Agnus Dei
6. The Lord Is My Shepherd
7. Lux Aeterna
8. I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes

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Rutter's Requiem, his first composition written without being commissioned, is a convincing affirmation of Christian doctrine pertaining to death and eternal life. It is also a substantial and sincere work that strives to be widely appealing while preserving a spiritual context centered around themes of light and consolation. Highlights include "Out of the Deep," its modal tune and harmonies giving it the flavor of a spiritual, and the wonderfully gentle and restful 23rd Psalm. Rutter personalizes his Requiem by adding movements not traditionally part of the Requiem Mass--passages from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, for instance--and this proves to be an effective strategy. The Cambridge Singers are superb as usual, and soloist Caroline Ashton steals the show with her heavenly Pie Jesu. --David Vernier

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Some of the most beautiful choral music ever recorded.
JustMe
It is an intensely gripping work that is sure to leave the listener wiping away the tears.
Andrew R. Barnard
Rutter takes some of the texts from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
FrKurt Messick

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darrell on July 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of the most moving musical pieces that I have ever had the privilege of performing. Rutter's music transcends mere notes. I believe that his music is blessed directly by God Himself. There has been no other choral composer like him in the 20th century. "Requiem" is another stunning piece of work in that it tells a story of life and death. Rutter's genius lies in the way he fashions the melody of the song with the words to give them full meaning. With the Catholic Latin text of the Requiem along with english text, Rutter fashions the view of life after death for the Christian and the hope of eternal life in Christ.
"Pie Jesu" and "The Lord is My Shepherd" are beautiful melodies and messages that give you peace and send shivers down your spine! "Sanctus" is incredible in it's tonal and melodic structure. "Agnus Dei" is gothic and dark in tone. All come together excellently to create a masterpiece. As a bonus, one of Rutter's other compositions "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes" is included. Another example of Rutter's beautiful melodies wrapped around a wonderful Bible text. I can't recommend this recording enough!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Dubuc on August 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After hearing a friend play this music in his office next to mine, I had to run out and buy a copy. It is so beautiful. At first I mistakenly bought a recording made by a different choir. It wasn't the same. I had to go back and get this one. The Cambridge Singers and the London Synphonia perform this work beautifully. The oboe in "The Lord is My Shepherd" is numinous. I'm entranced by it. It soothes my soul. This music is wonderful. I couldn't help but get more of John Rutter, but this one is still my favorite.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This recording of the Cambridge Singers has them recording pieces composed by their own director, John Rutter. Rutter's Requiem has become one his most widely-recorded pieces, with literally dozens of versions available internationally. This was recorded at one of the Cambridge Singers' favourite venues, the Great Hall of University College School, London, in 1986. Here they are joined by the City of London Sinfonia, and feature sopranos Caroline Ashton and Donna Deam.

--Music--

This Requiem was written in 1985. In Catholic liturgy, a requiem is a Mass for the Dead, and as such involves strong tones both of mourning and loss as well as elements of hope and eternal life as reflected in Christian belief. Rutter states that, like Brahms and Faure, there are elements that depart from the traditional lines of a Catholic requiem. Rutter takes some of the texts from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Both the first and second movements, Requiem aeternam and 'Out of the Deep', set very dark, low, sombre tones. The use of strings at the beginning of 'Out of the Deep' is very effective, together with funeral-dirge like vocals. This contrasts greatly with the Pie Jesu, light and spiritual. The Sanctus is almost playful in aspect, and the Agnus Dei and Lux aeterna draw the listener higher and higher into the fullness of expectation of God's presence.

In addition to the Requiem, Rutter's setting of Psalm 121 (I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills) is included here, as a setting for mixed choir and orchestra. It is a wonderful, full and melodious setting, with strong instrumentation and strong singing complementing each other.

--Liner Notes--

The notes include an introduction to the CD by Rutter very briefly the outline of a requiem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This CD gives us a perfect example of how inspirational, spiritual and awfully wonderful music can be. It warms the soul and guides us with soaring melodies and rich harmonies. Having sung this piece before one would say I am somewhat biased, but on the contrary. Usually recordings of works I have performed leave me feeling like something is missing, but not this recording of Rutter's Requiem. Having listened to this recording I am still entranced with not only the work itself, but also at the mastery with which all performers engage it and always leave me having felt like I have learned something more. A marvelous work splendidly performed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Rutter will join the ranks of composers whose names endure. Having the privilege of performing this work under the conduction of Mr. Rutter himself (though certainly not this recording of it!), hidden among the chorus though I was, I can say that it was an experience of a lifetime. I can also say that you will surely find listening to this recording a similarly moving experience regardless of your religious affiliation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert N. Talbert on December 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Rutter's Requiem is one of the most movingly beautiful works in the modern canon of sacred music. I have conducted, sung and listened to this music numerous times, and it always sends chills down my spine. The Cambridge Singers render Rutter's compositions flawlessly. It does not get better than this.
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I am a real Rutter fan. I love both his music and his conducting. But my love for his Requiem is a deep love that I will not be able to fully express. While Rutter is very good at writing catchy little tunes, his Requiem goes way beyond being merely interesting. It is a piece overflowing with wonderful soul. It deals with the tragedy of death, but it never loses that essential ingredient - hope. The opening movement, Requiem Aeternam, contains a marvelous melody that leaves me fighting the tears every time I hear it. It is incredibly sad and moving, but never despairing. The following movement is entitled "Out of the deep". With an amazing solo cello, it full of raw sorrow. Pie Jesu is tremendously relaxed and soothing. With a soprano solo, this is without question the most famous movement from the entire Requiem. There is still a strong feeling of gravity, and there is still grief, but hope reigns predominant here. Then along comes "Sanctus". This is the only light-hearted movement in the work, and the one that it the most representative of the composer's more typical works. But in the following movement, Agnus Dei, we once again enter the world of grief and woe. The piece builds to a painful, almost excruciating climax, as if though the mourner was trying to come to grips with the stark reality of death. The following movement, The Lord is My Shepherd, could not be more of an effective contrast. It is incredibly peaceful and soothing, even more so then "Pie Jesu". With a marvelous oboe solo, it is almost unbearably touching. To close things up, we hear the "Lux Aterna". This is the most bittersweet movement of the whole work; there is a tremendous amount of sorrow, but also an equally tremendous amount of hope.Read more ›
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