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Original Carols From Clare

First time complete on CD.
Newly remastered at Abbey Road Studios
This set presents for the first time complete on CD the 28 carols with orchestra that John Rutter recorded for EMI in 1966 and 1968
The glorious acoustic of the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral and the astounding verve and professionalism of Rutter’s young singers and players come up afresh in this new Abbey Road remastering
This was the beginning of Rutter’s worldwide fame as Christmas arranger, composer and conductor of choice, and in an affectionate and amusing new booklet note, he recalls his first two recordings and the icy perils of winter recordings in the Fens

You'll know right away if this disc, Carols from Clare with John Rutter directing the Clare College Singers and Orchestra, is the disc for you. If flutes in thirds doubled by the celesta remind you of snowflakes, if tremolo strings and whistling clarinets remind you of winter winds, if big-hearted, full-throated choristers and all-stops-out organs remind you of Christmas, then this is the disc for you. If robust arrangements of traditional European carols make your bell ring, if vigorous performances by muscular English choruses make your heart sing, if emotional interpretations of sentimental English songs are your kind of thing, then this is the disc for you. Before English conductor and composer John Rutter hit on the idea of his chorus and orchestra performing his own music on his own label, he and his chorus and orchestra performed other people's music on other people's labels. This disc is perhaps not as sweet as his later recordings with his Cambridge Singers for his Collegium label and might therefore make a more appropriate introduction to his exuberant style of music-making. EMI's late-'60s stereo sound is exemplary in every dimension: height, breadth, and depth.

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