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This review is from: Feel the Spirit (Audio CD)
John Rutter is not only a friend, but one of my favorite composers. I have sung his music and own most of the CDs. I listened carefully to "Feel the Spirit", looking forward to another amazing study in English music combined with excellent arrangements and sensitive vocal shaping.(One of my choir friends told me I must buy the disc, which I did at her enthusiastic recommendation.) However, the disc seems to be a collage of a number of styles and ideas that may work in clumps. Some upbeat, almost jazzy arrangements have their roots with George Shearing, the venerable blind English jazz master. The spiritual arrangements were almost embarassing. I felt that the selection and treatmments thereof really didn't fit the genre of "classic" spirituals.
John Rutter is such a beloved composer I hate to berate him even a pinch. But I feel this disc is really a classroom study in different styles, arrangements, and ideas, rather than another enjoyable Rutter disc to be played over and over again. Some of the Shakespeare songs were delightful. But, I feel the disc is somewhat uneven. However, I love John Rutter's work, and recommend this disc to those who do, also!..Madge Bruner Hazen