Be Thou My Vision: Sacred Music by John Rutter

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
John Rutter has selected some of his favorite church anthems from previous releases of his music to put together the collection Be Thou My Vision. Most of these have full orchestral accompaniment, as Rutter prefers these versions over those with just organ, but there are also a few a cappella anthems thrown in as well, which sound just as lush and graceful as the orchestral ones. The brief, a cappella "God be in my head" uses a sixteenth century text and hints at the music used in churches from the same period. It is Rutter's smooth and rich, yet not complex, writing that has made his music popular with audiences and amateur performers alike. Of course, this recording ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
John Rutter has selected some of his favorite church anthems from previous releases of his music to put together the collection Be Thou My Vision. Most of these have full orchestral accompaniment, as Rutter prefers these versions over those with just organ, but there are also a few a cappella anthems thrown in as well, which sound just as lush and graceful as the orchestral ones. The brief, a cappella "God be in my head" uses a sixteenth century text and hints at the music used in churches from the same period. It is Rutter's smooth and rich, yet not complex, writing that has made his music popular with audiences and amateur performers alike. Of course, this recording features his own Cambridge Singers, with the City of London Sinfonia, all under his baton and sounding highly polished. The lack of pretense or condescension in his music is also appealing. Some of the texts he uses could have much more grandiose settings, and have had by other English composers, but Rutter always goes for a more simple elegance, usually with a serene calmness, also. "O clap your hands" and "For the beauty of the earth" use jazzy rhythms to give them a little more energy than the other works here. The compilation contains many of his more popular anthems, such as "A Gaelic Blessing," "All things bright and beautiful," and "I will life up mine eyes" from his "Requiem." It's a fine sampling of his non-Christmas church music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Collegium
  • UPC: 040888051428
  • Catalog Number: 514
  • Sales rank: 36,588

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Be Thou My Vision for chorus, organ & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (4:21)
  2. 2 Open Thou Mine Eyes for chorus - John Rutter & John Rutter (2:41)
  3. 3 I will sing with the spirit, for choir & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (3:08)
  4. 4 A Gaelic Blessing for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (1:54)
  5. 5 Wings of the morning, for choir & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (5:44)
  6. 6 O Be Joyful in the Lord for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (3:21)
  7. 7 All Things Bright and Beautiful for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (2:48)
  8. 8 I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (7:17)
  9. 9 As the Bridegroom To His Chosen for chorus & strings - John Rutter & John Rutter (3:26)
  10. 10 A Prayer of St. Patrick for chorus - John Rutter & John Rutter (1:35)
  11. 11 Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep for chorus - John Rutter & John Rutter (3:26)
  12. 12 Look at the World, for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (4:37)
  13. 13 O Clap Your Hands for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (3:17)
  14. 14 The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation, for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (7:18)
  15. 15 Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (2:59)
  16. 16 I Believe in Springtime for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (3:10)
  17. 17 God Be in My Head, for chorus - John Rutter & John Rutter (1:33)
  18. 18 A Clare Benediction, for chorus - John Rutter & John Rutter (3:12)
  19. 19 For the Beauty of the Earth for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (3:43)
  20. 20 Thy Perfect Love for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (2:49)
  21. 21 The Lord Bless You and Keep You, for chorus & orchestra - John Rutter & John Rutter (2:41)
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