Sea Change: The Choral Music of Richard Rodney Bennett

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Widely admired for his operas and symphonic works, and internationally acclaimed for his numerous film scores, Richard Rodney Bennett has received far less appreciation for his choral music, even though this body of work is quite substantial, highly accessible, and rewarding. These 2004 performances by John Rutter and the splendid Cambridge Singers mark the first serious attempt to record a representative album of Bennett's secular and sacred pieces for choir; and due to the favorable attention it has already received, this handsome collection may inspire other, more extensive surveys. This program is divided in three parts: occasional pieces, mostly settings of English...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Widely admired for his operas and symphonic works, and internationally acclaimed for his numerous film scores, Richard Rodney Bennett has received far less appreciation for his choral music, even though this body of work is quite substantial, highly accessible, and rewarding. These 2004 performances by John Rutter and the splendid Cambridge Singers mark the first serious attempt to record a representative album of Bennett's secular and sacred pieces for choir; and due to the favorable attention it has already received, this handsome collection may inspire other, more extensive surveys. This program is divided in three parts: occasional pieces, mostly settings of English poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; a Missa Brevis in Latin, Bennett's single liturgical work; and a set of Christmas carols. Rutter and his roundly blended ensemble are exquisitely captured in Collegium's multichannel recording, and cellist Sue Dorey is especially expressive and resonant in her solo in "A Farewell to Arms." Anyone who enjoys tonal, melodic choral music should give this disc a try. But note that Bennett's setting of Robert Herrick's "What Sweeter Music" is not the same piece as the more famous version Rutter composed in 1988, and which is available on Collegium 111.
Birmingham Post - Clare Mackney
It's surprising that this is the first CD dedicated solely to these works. There's considerable stylistic consistency in the three and a half decades covered.... The purity and silky, homogenous blend of the Cambridge Singers, under John Rutter, suits the material perfectly.
Classic FM Magazine - Malcolm Hayes
Bennett’s idiom is here at its most attractive.... The Cambridge Singers...respond to Rutter’s direction with state-of-the-art precision and blending, unerringly capturing the music’s varied moods.

Bennett’s idiom is here at its most attractive.... The Cambridge Singers...respond to Rutter’s direction with state-of-the-art precision and blending, unerringly capturing the music’s varied moods.
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  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Collegium
  • UPC: 040888090168
  • Catalog Number: 901

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Sea Change, for chorus & tubular bells - Richard Rodney Bennett & William Shakespeare (17:13)
  2. 2 A Farewell to Arms, for chorus & cello - Richard Rodney Bennett & John Rutter (11:53)
  3. 3 A Good-Night, for chorus - Richard Rodney Bennett & John Rutter (2:42)
  4. 4 Verses, for chorus - Richard Rodney Bennett & John Rutter (6:39)
  5. 8–11 Missa Brevis, for chorus - Richard Rodney Bennett & John Rutter (15:45)
  6. 12–16 Carols (5) for chorus - Richard Rodney Bennett & John Rutter (10:11)
  7. 13 Lullay Mine Liking, for soloists & chorus - Richard Rodney Bennett & John Rutter (3:43)
  8. 14 What sweeter music can we bring, for chorus - Richard Rodney Bennett & John Rutter (3:45)
  9. 15 Puer nobis, for chorus - Richard Rodney Bennett & John Rutter (2:27)
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Cambridge Singers Primary Artist
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