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Track(s) taken from CDA66947


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Requiem Mass

Polyphony, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, 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: 34 minutes 26 seconds

Cover artwork: Photograph by Derek Forss.

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'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)
Requiem was written in 1985 and first performed in October of that year. Following the precedent established by Brahms and Fauré, among others, it is not strictly a setting of the Requiem Mass as laid down in Catholic liturgy, but instead is made up of a personal selection of texts, some taken from the Requiem Mass and some from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The seven sections of the work form an arch-like meditation on the themes of life and death: the first and last movements are prayers on behalf of all humanity, movements 2 and 6 are psalms, 3 and 5 are personal prayers to Christ, and the central Sanctus is an affirmation of divine glory. The accompaniment to Requiem exists in two versions, one for medium-sized orchestra and the other for organ with six instruments.

from notes by John Rutter © 1995

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