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The Nativity (detail) by Stefan Lochner (c1410-1451)
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen , Alte Pinakotek, Munich / Artothek
Track(s) taken from CDH55463
Recording details: June 1997
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 1997
Total duration: 8 minutes 4 seconds

'This truly rich advent feast is performed wonderfully well on all counts and can be highly recommended' (Organists' Review)

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

Other recordings available for download
Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Introduction
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


Other albums featuring this work
'Rutter: Requiem & other choral works' (CDA30017)
Rutter: Requiem & other choral works
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'Rutter: Requiem & other choral works' (CDA66947)
Rutter: Requiem & other choral works

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