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Come down, O Love divine

composer
1999
author of text
translator of text

 
Come down, O Love divine (1998), for double choir, has a curious history. It was commissioned by the Musicians Benevolent Fund for their annual St Cecilia’s Day service, a splendid event held (in rotation) in Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, or Westminster Cathedral, with their three choirs joining forces and musicians past and present gathered in a spirit of thanksgiving and celebration. As it turned out, the 1998 service was to be held in Westminster Abbey, which was then in the midst of some rather public unhappiness, the details of which were widely reported at the time and need not be recounted here. I suspect that my choice of texts was influenced by these dramatic events: in particular the invocation ‘Veni, Sancte Spiritus’. Like most musicians, I don’t relish conflict and confrontation, even when they do not involve me personally, yet out of this particular turmoil came a piece which, I think, speaks with a different voice from any of my others.

from notes by John Rutter 2003

Recordings

Rutter: Gloria & other sacred music
CDA67259
Rutter: Mass of the Children & other sacred music
COLCD129Download only

Details

Track 4 on CDA67259 [6'40]
Track 13 on COLCD129 [6'20] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67259 track 4

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-25904
Duration
6'40
Recording date
6 January 2001
Recording venue
All Saints, Tooting, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Rutter: Gloria & other sacred music (CDA67259)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: May 2001
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