This beautiful CD follows a similar trajectory to the treatment of 'Psalm 23' by Howard Goodall (the Vicar Of Dibley theme) and re-invents the tradition of church music. John Rutter is an English genius who can rightly follow in the hallowed footsteps of greats like Ralph Vaughn Williams and John Ireland. These composers know how to make music that is warm, strangely familiar and above all human, without 'arty' pretensions or ideals, this kind music can speak to everyone on a basic level. Old and Young alike.
Peerless performances from the choir and immaculate orchestral arrangements make this one of the most value for money recordings you'll buy, i also guarantee you will not be able to stop playing this music.
Listen to 'What Sweeter Music' 'The Very Best Time Of The Year' 'Love Came Down At Christmas' 'Mary's Lullaby' 'Candlelight Carol' and you will be profoundly moved.
If you want something that will soothe your soul and warm your heart, forget Christmas music, this is purely timeless music that can be enjoyed whatever time of year.
Go on, treat yourself. And find that there is a treasure trove of English music waiting to be discovered.
Take a quick look at the Hyperion (the classical music CD label) website where you can listen to a preview of this gem of a recording.