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Ordinary of the Mass

'Rutter: Gloria & other sacred music' (CDA67259)
Rutter: Gloria & other sacred music
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Movement 1: Gloria in excelsis Deo: Allegro vivace
Movement 2: Domine Deus, rex caelestis: Andante
Movement 3: Quoniam tu solus sanctus: Vivace e ritmico

Gloria (a concert work, despite the use of a religious text) in fact marks the occasion of Rutter’s very first US engagement. The work was commissioned by the Voices of Mel Olson in Omaha, Nebraska, who invited Rutter to direct the first performance in 1974. The words come from the second section (the Hymn of Praise) of the Ordinary of the Mass, which in the liturgy follows the ‘Kyrie’. The familiar opening words are those of the angels proclaiming the birth of Jesus, as found in the second chapter of Luke’s Gospel. Rutter’s setting is based largely on one of the Gregorian chants with which the text is associated. He describes the three movements as ‘… roughly corresponding to traditional symphonic structure’, the mood of the sections being respectively ‘… exalted, devotional and jubilant by turns’. The use of organ, brass and percussion makes for plenty of Waltonian punch in the outer movements and yet also for a hauntingly ethereal middle section.

from notes by Andrew Green 2001

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Details for CDA67259 track 2
Domine Deus, rex caelestis: Andante
Recording date
2 January 2001
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
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  1. Rutter: Gloria & other sacred music (CDA67259)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: May 2001
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