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Gloria

composer
1974
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

 
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

Recordings

Rutter: Gloria & other sacred music
CDA67259

Details

Movement 1: Gloria in excelsis Deo: Allegro vivace
Track 1 on CDA67259 [4'24]
Movement 2: Domine Deus, rex caelestis: Andante
Track 2 on CDA67259 [7'46]
Movement 3: Quoniam tu solus sanctus: Vivace e ritmico
Track 3 on CDA67259 [5'18]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67259 track 3

Quoniam tu solus sanctus: Vivace e ritmico
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-25903
Duration
5'18
Recording date
2 January 2001
Recording venue
Winchester Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Rutter: Gloria & other sacred music (CDA67259)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: May 2001
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