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5.0 out of 5 stars "To make the season bright"..., 14 Jan 2012
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Andrew R. Barnard (Leola, Pa United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Christmas Star (Audio CD)
John Rutter has captured the essence of the Christmas season perhaps more than anyone else. He leads his own Cambridge Singers to conduct his own arrangements as well as his own original carols, both of which are about as good as they come. This CD, featuring him and the choir back in their early days, could hardly make for a brighter Christmas. One of the trademarks of the Cambridge Singers is that they never sound burdened, always light and full of joyful spirits. Beyond all the delights, of course, there lies a strong choral mastery in Rutter, and that's also in evidence. I see Rutter as the ultimate man to lead Christmas disc: as knowledgeable as they come while still containing contagious enthusiasm.

You shouldn't be content with just one Rutter Christmas album, but there are a few things that single this one out. The singers' have innocence and freshness that is displayed even more than usual. It's tough to listen without being swept away by the beauty of the sound. As I've said elsewhere, there are almost no other choirs that can make the classic carols sound as remarkable as this group. Even when the carols are sung in simple four part harmony, the involvement with which this group sings keeps your full attention. Rutter doesn't include any of his own compositions on the disc, unfortunately, but given his skill as a director, it's hard to complain.

You can't own too many Rutter Christmas albums, but if you had to have just one, this one would be near the top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hi, 10 April 2013
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i would shop from you again this was good value came in good time packing was good and would shop again from you
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