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Polyphony: John Rutter - Gloria and other Sacred Music

Song NameComposer
Gloria I : Allegro vivaceJohn Rutter
Gloria II : AndanteJohn Rutter
Gloria III : Vivace e ritmicoJohn Rutter
Come down, O Love divineJohn Rutter
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peaceJohn Rutter
To everything there is a seasonJohn Rutter
I my Best-Beloved's amJohn Rutter
Praise the Lord, O my soulJohn Rutter
I will lift up mine eyesJohn Rutter
As the bridegroom to his chosenJohn Rutter
A Clare BenedictionJohn Rutter
The Lord is my light and my salvationJohn Rutter
Go forth into the worldJohn Rutter
Thy perfect loveJohn Rutter
Te DeumJohn Rutter

Directed by Stephen Layton

Gloria (a concert work, despite the use of a religious text) was commissioned by the Voices of Mel Olson in Omaha, Nebraska, who invited Rutter to direct the first performance in 1974. The words come from the second section (the Hymn of Praise) of the Ordinary of the Mass, which in the liturgy follows the 'Kyrie'. The familiar opening words are those of the angels proclaiming the birth of Jesus, as found in the second chapter of Luke's Gospel. Rutter's setting is based largely on one of the Gregorian chants with which the text is associated. He describes the three movements as 'roughly corresponding to traditional symphonic structure', the mood of the sections being respectively 'exalted, devotional and jubilant by turns'. The use of organ, brass and percussion makes for plenty of Waltonian punch in the outer movements and yet also for a hauntingly ethereal middle section. 'Delicious performances of Rutter's wonderfully approachable and finely crafted vocal writing. The sound, too, is outstanding' (Gramophone)

Item code: 7989C | 1 CD | $17.98 |add item to cart
Choral | Accompanied | Mixed | England
67259

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