Carl Rütti Interview on PMS 286 Appreciation Society
June 3, 2010
‘Carl Rütti’s Requiem is a Naxos recording that caught many of us by surprise last year. It’s rich and dark beauty somehow resonated with a few of us enough to make our best of 2009 lists. I decided to contact Carl and see if I could get him to speak about this fantastic piece of music,’ writes Collin J. Rae, who interviewed the composer about his life and music.
Carl Rütti’s choral music is ‘sensuous and exuberant by turns, combining dazzling rhythms and soaring melodies with distinctively lush harmonies’ (Choir & Organ magazine). Of his Requiem, immense in scale yet often intimate in tone, the composer writes that ‘no words are strong enough to express the feelings of the bereaved, nor sufficient to explain what will await us after death. Music may be the most appropriate language’. Scored for soprano, baritone, double choir, strings, harp and organ, Rütti’s Requiem ultimately affirms life’s precious fragility.
‘Rütti’s new Requiem is one to relish and it is passionately performed here’ – Gramophone
‘Rütti’s voice is unquestionably distinctive. The Bach Choir has clearly taken this Requiem to its collective heart…and performs it with involving fervency under the experienced direction of the excellent David Hill.’ – BBC Music magazine