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Feel the spirit

premiered in 2001
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Feel the spirit is a cycle of seven spirituals arranged for mezzo-soprano soloist, choir and orchestra, written especially for Melanie Marshall. The idea came from hearing this wonderful singer’s solo interpretations of spirituals in her recitals; it seemed to me that her artistry in this area of song would be just as effective in the fuller context of choir and orchestra. With her help, I chose seven of our favourite spirituals (of which the first and last were to be purely for choir and orchestra) and I wrote Feel the spirit, which received its première in June 2001 in Carnegie Hall, New York.

from notes by John Rutter © 2001


Rutter: Feel the Spirit & Birthday Madrigals
CSCD523Download only


No 1: Joshua fit the battle of Jericho
Track 1 on CSCD523 [3'14] Download only
No 2: Steal away
Track 2 on CSCD523 [4'18] Download only
No 3: I got a robe
Track 3 on CSCD523 [2'32] Download only
No 4: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Track 4 on CSCD523 [5'24] Download only
No 5: Ev'ry time I feel the spirit
Track 5 on CSCD523 [4'30] Download only
No 6: Deep river
Track 6 on CSCD523 [5'05] Download only
No 7: When the saints go marching in  Glory, glory hallelujah!
Track 7 on CSCD523 [4'08] Download only

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