Berceuse Opus 16 Gabriel Faure
Making the most of the warm acoustic in King's College Chapel, this glorious choral CD almost tops Rutter's own performance.
Repertoire: Gloria; Magnificat; Psalm 150
Artists: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, CBSO/Cleobury
Label: EMI Classics 557 9522
Although I wouldn’t part with Rutter’s recordings of his Gloria and Magnificat, this new album from King’s College, Cambridge, proves a real winner, capitalising on the legendary King’s acoustics. The Gloria’s bold ceremonial opening contrasts beautifully here with the work’s central ‘Domine Deus’ movement. These texts both demand and receive exemplary craftsmanship and imagination from composer and performers.