Carl Rütti: Requiem

Carl Rütti: Requiem

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by 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,See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313231775
catalogNumber:
8572317
Rank:
247469

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  1. Requiem, for chorus  - Carl Rütti  -  Bach Choir  - David Hill  - Jane Watts  - Edward Price  - Olivia Robinson  - Southern Sinfonia

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David Hill   Primary Artist

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