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Father Christmas's mixed bag,
This review is from: John Rutter - The Colours of Christmas (Audio CD)
It is almost impossible to give this album a single number star-rating because it is so many different things. If you think from its title ("JOHN RUTTER" in big bold red capitals) that it is a follow-up to his brilliant CD with the Cambridge Singers "The John Rutter Christmas Album you will be disappointed in that there are only two Rutter carols and even those are not sung in the chapel choir style that made Rutter's work so famous and so loved. The resources of the Bach Choir are vastly more powerful and this produces a wholly different "feel", suited to an Albert Hall concert - indeed "Joy to the World" is sung just like the Hallelujah! chorus. But this is deliberate and if it is what you want it is great stuff.
The plus side of it being a "concert" album is that at the end we get three American light pieces -Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride, Mel Tormé's The Christmas Song and the Judy Garland classic Have yourself a merry little Christmas. This last is the most enjoyable for those wanting superb small choir singing because it is sung in a close harmony arrangement, which was in fact included in Rutter's "A Christmas Festival" in 2008.. This time he has brought in "Over the Bridge", choral singers from Cambridge, to sing it and as one hears lovely close harmony from a counter-tenor in a small choir one thinks "At last - that's what I want to hear on a Rutter album.
So, mixed but something for everyone and one should not grumble too much when there are two pure Rutter carols to enjoy; and you end up thinking Why isn't his CBE promoted into a knighthood for his services to choral music?