John Rutter: Distant Land: The Orchestral Collection

John Rutter: Distant Land: The Orchestral Collection

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If John Rutter's lush, maximalist textures and gigantic string-laden compositions and arrangements move you, this collection of orchestral pieces certainly will be your cup of tea (herbal, of course). In his vocal works, Rutter occasionally uses instrumental restraint so as not to distract from the power in his message. But here, the stops are out. Aside from the… See more details below

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If John Rutter's lush, maximalist textures and gigantic string-laden compositions and arrangements move you, this collection of orchestral pieces certainly will be your cup of tea (herbal, of course). In his vocal works, Rutter occasionally uses instrumental restraint so as not to distract from the power in his message. But here, the stops are out. Aside from the rather impressionistic title cut, the rest of the pieces here are multi-part suites or "meditations." The "Five Meditations for Orchestra" work the best since each section concentrates on different chromatics and dynamics, showcasing different aspects of the ensemble in relation to a theme. The four-part "Suite for Strings" centers around traditional tunes from the British folk vernacular, and the "Suite Antique for Flute, Harpsichord and Strings" is a fine setting for the older instrument in a modern context. Only the sugary, overtly sweet and hopelessly drawn-out romanticism of his three-part "Beatles Concerto for Two Piano and Orchestra" falls flat on its face.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947612421
catalogNumber:
000182102
Rank:
26490

Tracks

  1. Distant Land (A Prayer for Freedom), for chorus  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - John Birch  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Rolf Wilson  - Rolf Wilson  - Andrew Nicholson  - Andrew Williams  - Andrew Williams
  2. Five Meditations for Orchestra  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - John Birch  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Rolf Wilson  - Rolf Wilson  - Andrew Nicholson  - Andrew Williams  - Andrew Williams
  3. Suite for Strings  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - John Birch  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Andrew Williams  - Rolf Wilson  - Rolf Wilson  - Andrew Nicholson  - Andrew Williams  - Andrew Williams
  4. Suite Antique (for flute, harpsichord & strings)  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - John Birch  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Rolf Wilson  - Rolf Wilson  - Andrew Nicholson  - Andrew Williams  - Andrew Williams
  5. Beatles Concerto, for 2 pianos & orchestra  - John Rutter  - John Rutter  - John Birch  -  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  - Rolf Wilson  - Rolf Wilson  - Andrew Nicholson  - Paul A. Schaefer  - Peter Rostal  - Andrew Williams  - Andrew Williams

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