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RUTTER, J.: Psalmfest / This is the Day / Lord, Thou hast been our refuge / Psalm 150

John RUTTER (b. 1945)
This is the day2
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge3 • Psalm 1504

Elizabeth Cragg, Soprano 1
Pascal Charbonneau, Tenor 1
Mike Allen, Trumpet 3
Tom Winpenny, Organ 3,4
St Albans Cathedral Choir and Abbey Girls Choir 1,2
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1,2,4

Listen to TRACK 4:
Psalmfest: The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23)


The psalms of David have been a source of inspiration to composers for centuries, each text forming a poetic shape the equivalent of a gothic arch, and expressing a broad range of timeless emotions. Recorded here for the first time in its complete form, John Rutter’s Psalmfest is a collection of nine settings for full orchestra as rich and varied as the original texts. The remaining psalm settings were written for special occasions, including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.


RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux

Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)
Études-tableaux, Op. 39
Moments musicaux, Op. 16

Boris Giltburg, Piano
Listen to TRACK 9:
Étude tableux in D major, Op. 39 No. 9

Pianist Boris Giltburg sees Rachmaninov’s Études-tableaux, Op. 39 as cinematic short stories or colourful tone paintings. In contrast, the unashamedly beautiful Moments musicaux are concentrated explorations of a single idea or mood, from struggle and pain towards light and genuine joy. In these collections, which contain some of the composer’s most affecting music, Rachmaninov shows himself to be a master of the meticulously crafted short-form genre.


Brass Septet Music, Vol. 4 - GABRIELI, G. da / LASSO, O. di / PALESTRINA, G.P. / VICTORIA, T.L. de

Music for Brass Septet, Vol. 4
VICTORIA: Four Motets
GABRIELI: Three Canzonas and Three Motets
PALESTRINA: Missa Papae Marcelli
LASSUS: Lagrime di San Pietro

Septura –
Alan Thomas, Simon Cox, Trumpets in B-flat
Huw Morgan, Trumpet in E-flat
Mathew Gee, Matthew Knight, Trombones
Dan West, Bass Trombone • Peter Smith, Tuba

Listen to TRACK 12:
PALESTRINA: Missa Papae Marcelli

No brass series would be complete without Giovanni Gabrieli, and his music is the starting point as Septura continue on their counterfactual course, imagining that four titans of the counter-reformation had written for brass. The sacred choral works of these renaissance masters – Victoria, Gabrieli, Palestrina and Lassus – are a perfect fit for the musical and emotional compass of the brass septet, and the result is a stunning survey of the culminations of the Spanish, Venetian, Roman and Franco-Flemish schools.


THOMPSON, R.: Requiem

Randall THOMPSON (1899–1984)

The Philadelphia Singers
David Hayes

Listen to TRACK 13:
Part IV: The Garment of Praise

Randall Thompson’s choral works retain the affection of American choral singers and conductors alike. The Requiem is his masterpiece, written in response to the loss of close friends and colleagues. Using a wide-ranging selection of Biblical verses, it takes the form of a dramatic dialogue between two choirs, a ‘chorus of mourners’ and a ‘chorus of the faithful’, concerning eternal life. Recorded here for the first time in its complete form, this Requiem is an emotional and dramatically intense journey of conflict and resolution, and entirely unique within American music history and the requiem tradition as a whole.




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