Rutter: The Gift of Music; Hymn to the Creator of Light; Lord, make me an instrument of they peace; Feel the Spirit; Deep River; Of a Rose, a lovely Rose; Look at the world

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COMPOSERS: Rutter
LABELS: UCJ
ALBUM TITLE: Rutter – The Gift of Music
WORKS: The Gift of Music; Hymn to the Creator of Light; Lord, make me an instrument of they peace; Feel the Spirit; Deep River; Of a Rose, a lovely Rose; Look at the world
PERFORMER: The Cambridge Singers/John Rutter
CATALOGUE NO: 476 3068
This 60th-birthday tribute brings

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together a selection of John Rutter’s

short anthems and folksong

arrangements, plus a couple of

extracts from his Requiem. Listening

to it at one go, the effect is samey.

There’s little range, and no depth.

It all sounds very much as Radio 2

used to.

But his works attract performers

and audiences (or congregations)

worldwide, and have their points.

Impeccably crafted, they’re

invariably neatly and effectively

composed, and not too difficult

for amateur choirs. Religious light

music, or easy listening for God,

may be a fairly lowly concept, but

Rutter’s pieces are never cheap,

tacky or vulgar. It’s only when

you compare, say, his arrangement

of ‘Deep River’ with Tippett’s

in A Child of Our Time that it

sounds squishy.

These performances given

under the composer’s baton by a

choir he founded are faultless and

presumably definitive. The sound is

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warm and lucid. George Hall