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This is the Day: Music on Royal Occasions

Cambridge Singers, John Rutter

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The unifying theme behind this album is clear from its title; these are pieces that have been used in services at a variety of turning points in the lives of the British monarchy during the lifetime of Elizabeth II, including mostly weddings, but also her coronation and wedding anniversary, and the funerals of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. It's an apt tribute in 2013, the year of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of her coronation. The album offers just what would be expected of the Cambridge Singers, led by John Rutter: expert, sensitive performances of serene, comforting anthems. Even the most astringent selections, several of Britten's "Choral Dances" from Gloriana, should still fall within most listeners' comfort zone. The choir sings with its characteristic warmth, velvety legato phrasing, and technical precision. Elin Manahan Thomas brings a light, chaste soprano to two arias, Mozart's "Laudate Dominum," and Handel's "Let the bright seraphim." The repertoire is weighted toward 20th and 21st century British works, including pieces by Elgar, Walton, Britten, H. Walford Davies, Richard Rodney Bennett, William Harris, William McKie, John Tavener, Paul Mealor, and Rutter himself. Other eras and nationalities aren't neglected, though, and there are pieces by Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, and Duruflé. The album should appeal especially to listeners looking for lovely choral performances of mellow, lush, euphonious, sometimes ecstatic repertoire.
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This Is the Day (John Rutter)

1
This Is the Day
Cambridge Singers
00:04:24

John Rutter, Composer, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Aurora Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K. 339 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

2
Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339: Laudate Dominum
John Rutter
00:04:00

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - John Rutter, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir - Elin Manahan Thomas, Artist, MainArtist - Aurora Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Psalm 23, Op. 132, D. 706 (Live) (Franz Schubert)

3
Psalm 23, Op. 132, D. 706
Cambridge Singers
00:05:06

Franz Schubert, Composer - John Rutter, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Aurora Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (Johannes Brahms)

4
IV. How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place (Sung in English)
John Rutter
00:05:28

Johannes Brahms, Composer - John Rutter, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Aurora Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

The Apostles, Op. 49 (Various Composers)

5
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me
Cambridge Singers
00:07:39

Edward Elgar, Composer - John Rutter, Conductor - Andrew Lucas, Artist - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

We Wait for Thy Loving Kindness (William McKie)

6
We Wait for Thy Loving Kindness
John Rutter
00:02:59

John Rutter, Conductor - Andrew Lucas, Artist - Simon Wall, Artist, MainArtist - Cambridge Singers, Choir - William McKie, Composer

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Ubi caritas (Paul Mealor)

7
Ubi caritas
John Rutter
00:03:54

John Rutter, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir - Paul Mealor, Composer - Alison Hill, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

4 Motets on Gregorian Themes, Op. 10 (Maurice Duruflé)

8
Ubi caritas, Op. 10
John Rutter
00:02:30

John Rutter, Conductor - Maurice Duruflé, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Holy is the true light (William Henry Harris)

9
Holy Is the True Light
John Rutter
00:01:54

John Rutter, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist - William Henry Harris, Composer

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Song for Athene (John Tavener)

10
Song for Athene
John Rutter
00:05:44

John Rutter, Conductor - John Tavener, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

These Three (Sir Richard Rodney Bennett)

11
These Three
John Rutter
00:05:25

John Rutter, Conductor - Richard Rodney Bennett, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Set me as a seal upon thine heart (William Walton)

12
Set me as a seal upon thine heart
John Rutter
00:03:14

John Rutter, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir - William Walton, Composer - Grace Davidson, Artist, MainArtist - Ben Alden, Artist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

God be in my head (Henry Walford Davies)

13
God Be in My Head
Cambridge Singers
00:01:38

John Rutter, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Henry Walford Davies, Composer

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Londonderry Air (arr. J. Rutter) (Traditional)

14
I Would be True (arr. J. Rutter)
John Rutter
00:02:58

Traditional, Composer - John Rutter, Composer, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Henry V (William Walton)

15
Touch her soft lips and part
Cambridge Singers
00:01:33

John Rutter, Conductor - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist - William Walton, Composer - Aurora Orchestra, Orchestra

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Gloriana, Op. 53: Choral Dances (Benjamin Britten)

16
No. 1. Time
John Rutter
00:01:29

John Rutter, Conductor - Benjamin Britten, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

17
No. 2. Concord
Cambridge Singers
00:02:09

John Rutter, Conductor - Benjamin Britten, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

18
No. 3. Time and Concord
John Rutter
00:01:18

John Rutter, Conductor - Benjamin Britten, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

19
No. 4. Country Girls
John Rutter
00:01:05

John Rutter, Conductor - Benjamin Britten, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

20
No. 5. Rustics and Fishermen
John Rutter
00:00:56

John Rutter, Conductor - Benjamin Britten, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

21
No. 6. Final Dance of Homage
John Rutter
00:02:24

John Rutter, Conductor - Benjamin Britten, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Samson, HWV 57 (Georg Friedrich Händel)

22
Act III: Let the bright seraphim in burning row - Let their celestial concerts all unite
Elin Manahan Thomas
00:06:12

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Cambridge Singers, Choir - Elin Manahan Thomas, Artist, MainArtist - Aurora Orchestra, Orchestra - Simon Cox, Artist

(C) 2012 Collegium (P) 2012 Collegium

Album Description

The unifying theme behind this album is clear from its title; these are pieces that have been used in services at a variety of turning points in the lives of the British monarchy during the lifetime of Elizabeth II, including mostly weddings, but also her coronation and wedding anniversary, and the funerals of Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. It's an apt tribute in 2013, the year of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of her coronation. The album offers just what would be expected of the Cambridge Singers, led by John Rutter: expert, sensitive performances of serene, comforting anthems. Even the most astringent selections, several of Britten's "Choral Dances" from Gloriana, should still fall within most listeners' comfort zone. The choir sings with its characteristic warmth, velvety legato phrasing, and technical precision. Elin Manahan Thomas brings a light, chaste soprano to two arias, Mozart's "Laudate Dominum," and Handel's "Let the bright seraphim." The repertoire is weighted toward 20th and 21st century British works, including pieces by Elgar, Walton, Britten, H. Walford Davies, Richard Rodney Bennett, William Harris, William McKie, John Tavener, Paul Mealor, and Rutter himself. Other eras and nationalities aren't neglected, though, and there are pieces by Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, and Duruflé. The album should appeal especially to listeners looking for lovely choral performances of mellow, lush, euphonious, sometimes ecstatic repertoire.
© TiVo

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