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David Hill Interviews Carl Rütti About His Requiem

November 7, 2009

In October 2009 Naxos released Rütti’s hauntingly beautiful Requiem.

RÜTTI Requiem
Edward Price, Olivia Robinson, Jane Watts
The Bach Choir, Southern Sinfonia
David Hill


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.

The Bach Choir’s Music Director, David Hill interviewed the Swiss composer at the end of the first day recording his Requiem.

Art Direction: Marco Sanges. Camera: Anton Goutev. Directed by Alberto Bona. Produced by JCL

See and hear the interview with excerpts from Rütti’s Requiem on YouTube.

Also available on Naxos:

HOWELLS Hymnus paradise, Sir Patrick Spens
Katy Butler, James Gilchrist
Claire Rutter, Roderick Williams
The Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
David Hill


‘This performance is perhaps the most careful in its observance of the score’s many detailed directions. Choral and orchestral forces are well balanced and precise, with strong attack when that is wanted and well nourished tone for the searing lyricism, the tranquil beauty that is most characteristic. Clare Rutter sustains her long phrases and has the right consolatory warmth in her middle range, while tenor James Gilchrist sings with grace and fine diction.’ (Gramophone)


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