Be Thou My Vision: Sacred Music by John Rutter

Be Thou My Vision: Sacred Music by John Rutter


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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: 03/15/2005
Label: Collegium
UPC: 0040888051428
catalogNumber: 514
Rank: 54215


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

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