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Hymn to the Creator of Light

First line:
Glory be to thee, O Lord, glory be to thee
composer
1992; written for the choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester Cathedral; dedicated to the memory of Herbert Howells
author of text
'Glory be to thee', translated by Alexander Whyte
translator of text
Andrewes text
author of text
'Light, who dost my soul enlighten', translated by Catherine Winkworth
translator of text
Franck text

Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: January 1997
Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: June 1997
Total duration: 6 minutes 29 seconds

Cover artwork: Photograph by Derek Forss.
 
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Other recordings available for download

St Paul's Cathedral Choir, John Scott (conductor)
The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, Mark Williams (conductor)

Reviews

'Here is music finely crafted, written with love for the art and an especial care for choral sound' (Gramophone)

'A radiant richness of sound.' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'A disc to delight all those who admire Rutter's choral writing. Full of delights and with something for everyone. Certainly a must!' (Organists' Review)

'Sensitive, beautifully blended singing and playing. First class' (Amazon.co.uk)
John Rutter (b1945) wrote his double-choir anthem Hymn to the Creator of Light for the cathedral choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester and their respective conductors at that time: John Sanders, Roy Massey and Donald Hunt. The work is dedicated to the memory of Herbert Howells and was sung at the dedication of the Howells memorial window by Caroline Swash which adorns Gloucester Cathedral. This anthem occasionally uses musical gestures reminiscent of that composer’s style.

The mysterious, quasi-plainsong opening sung by the second choir is answered as if from on high by the first choir. This eventually leads to a central section, Allegro energico, in which the two choirs continue to answer each other. This subsides in turn to a quieter final section where the chorale Schmücke dich by Johann Crüger (1598–1662) is delicately reharmonized by Rutter, bringing the work to a peaceful conclusion.

from notes by William McVicker 1997

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