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John Rutter: Music for Christmas [CD]

John Rutter Audio CD
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John Rutter was born in London, England in 1945. He began composing while studying music at Clare College, Cambridge. While an undergraduate student, he also conducted and recorded his work for the first time. From 1975 to 1979 he was the Director of Music at his alma mater. He left to pursue his career as a composer with greater focus. He founded the Cambridge Singers, and today remains the ... Read more in Amazon's John Rutter Store

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  • Performer: John Rutter, City of London Sinfonia
  • Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Composer: Franz Xaver Gruber, William James Kirkpatrick, John Rutter, Christmas Traditional
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00005QIT4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shepherd's Pipe Carol
2. Nativity Carol
3. There Is A Flower
4. Sans Day Carol
5. What Sweeter Music
6. I Wonder As I Wander
7. Jesus Child
8. Wild Wood Carol
9. The Very Best Time Of Year
10. Away In A Manger
11. Angel Tidings
12. Christmas Lullaby
13. Dormi Jesu
14. Love Came Down At Christmas
15. Star Carol
16. Carol Of The Children
17. Mary's Lullaby
18. Silent Night
19. Angel's Carol
20. Candlelight Carol
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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In an introduction to this disc of Christmas music, John Rutter tellingly commends the Christmas carol as one of the few forms that permits "serious" composers to write tunes, regardless of whatever political correctness rules the avant-garde of the day. And he's been exploiting that licence with a vengeance ever since, as a Cambridge student, he composed the jaunty little number that remains his greatest hit--"The Shepherd's Pipe Carol". Needless to say it's on this disc, along with the good, bad and indifferent of his Christmas output through the past 40 years, immaculately sung by one of the most accomplished professional choirs in the business under its superlatively accomplished founder-director Stephen Layton. And I defy anyone inclined to marginalise Rutter as middlebrow not to be touched by the eloquence, charm and craft of his work when it's done like this, in ideal conditions. At its worst the music is derivative but fun. At best it's irresistibly endearing. Not for nothing does he rival Howard Blake as English music's Mr Christmas, and this seasonally timed release delivers the evidence encyclopaedically--it's a perfect stocking-filler. --Michael White

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Shepherd's Pipe Carol - Nativity Carol - There is a flower - Sans Day Carol - What sweeter music - I wonder as I wander - Jesus Child... / Polyphony - City of London Sinfonia, dir. Stephen Layton

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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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Even if you are not overly keen on Rutter's Christmas settings, this disc is simply irresistible. Speaking as a keen chorister myself, the singing simply takes my breath away. Added to sensitive direction from Stephen Layton, magical orchestrations and excellent recording from Hyperion this is a must-have and will make a wonderful Christmas gift.
I heard one of the tracks on BBC Radio 3's Choirworks (02/dec/01)and realised I just had to buy it.
This is the conductor and choir who took this year's Choral award in the Gramophone awards - I look forward to more recordings from this combination.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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I first heard John Rutter's work (Parkinson Radio 2 on a Sunday morning last Christmas). I was absolutely knocked for six by The Shepherd's Pipe Carol, however I failed to get the title.This year I managed to get the title from Desmond Carrington who also played it on Radio 2.
I am a broken down old jazzer who normally only listens to Big Band and Mainstream Jazz, together with the popular classic composers like Vivaldi, Bach, Handel etc.
On hearing the first track I was moved to tears by this glorious music. The rest of the disk only re-inforced my asessment. The Angel Carol is possbly the most beautiful orchestration I have ever heard. I just can't get the melody out of my head.
John Rutter please continue I would also like to hear if you have ever written for a big band. Mike Hart
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a christmas feast 26 Jan 2006
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A magical recording of some of the most beautiful Christmas music I have ever heard. Polyphony perform with their usual wonderful tone and clarity under the expert hand of Stephen Layton. The selection is wide, on the one hand you have the reflective and ever popular "what sweeter music" and a beautiful piece entitled "Love came down at Christmas" mixed with the bouncy "Donkey carol" and the lovely "star carol"
The recording is of a high quality and the choir and the City of London Sinfonia balance out beautifully.
A real Christmas treat and a must for any collection.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A STUNNINGLY GOOD CD! 27 Aug 2008
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Carol 29 Dec 2012
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
The name of John Rutter is synonymous with Christmas and this CD is well up to his high standards.Recently he was seen on BBC talking about how he wrote the Shepherds Pipe Carol-which I always thought was a traditional one-its that perfect
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful cd 21 Dec 2012
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This is a wonderful cd of
John Rutter's Christmas carols and songs. They are very well performed and recorded. The arrangement of the songs on the album is such that there is sufficient variety to keep you interested. We have had this cd for over 10 years and it continues to delight.
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