- Requiem, for chorus
Carl Rütti: Requiemby David Hill
Swiss composer Carl Rütti has made a specialty of choral and liturgical music, and his work has been performed extensively by British ensembles like the BBC Singers, Cambridge Voices, and the Bach Choir, which commissioned and here performs his 2007 "Requiem," scored for soprano, baritone, double choir, strings, and organ. Rütti's "Requiem" reflects his close connection with the British choral tradition without sounding derivative of any particular composer. He is an eclectic, and it is possible to detect his familiarity with Britten, as well the harmonic and melodic world of John Rutter (although his work is more sophisticated than Rutter's), and there's a hint of Arvo Pärt's austerity in some of the quieter moments, and in Rütti's unashamed use of pure consonance. While the "Requiem" essentially holds together, the stylistic differences between movements, some as simple as folk song, and some of considerable harmonic and rhythmic complexity, keep the piece from sounding like the work of a composer who has developed a fully integrated voice. Almost all of the movements have strengths, though, and moments of genuine loveliness. The swirling mystery of the Sanctus is especially memorable, and the extended use of an unaccompanied solo soprano to open and close the piece is spectacularly effective. Only the pop-sounding In Paradisium seems like a miscalculation. Olivia Robinson sings with great purity and smoothness, but baritone Edward Price tends to sound strained. David Hill leads the Bach Choir and Southern Sinfonia in a polished and fervent performance. The sound is good when the textures are spare, but gets crowded when the full forces are at a high volume.
- Release Date:
Performance CreditsDavid Hill Primary Artist
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
The Bach Choir, based in London England, is one of the world's leading choruses. Led by Musical Director David Hill, the choir regularly performs throughout England. The choir has a rather extensive recording history and in 2007 commissioned a new work by noted Swiss composer, Carl Rutti. The result is Requiem, a piece for Soprano, Baritone and chorus recorded on the Naxos label. Along with the Bach Choir, the recording features Southern Sinfonia, Olivia Robinson - Soprano, Edward Price - Baritone and Jane Watts - Organ. The recording is intensely moving from the opening of Introitus to the ending of In Paradisum. The choir is simply superb. Their intonation and interpretation of the music is consistently high throughout the recording. The soloists sing with great beauty and are equal to the task of bringing the texts to life. The overall tonality of the piece might be a little jarring to the ear at first. However, the beauty and richness of the music, combined with the stellar performances of the orchestra, choir and soloists, will certainly make you want to listen to the cd multiple times.