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Sing Ye Heavens
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Voicing/Format Performance CD
Publisher Collegium Records

Price: $16.98

Unavailable for Digital Delivery

Catalog #HS269CD

UPC code: 040888012627

It's good to have the clean-vowelled, fresh-voiced Cambridge Singers back in action with composer John Rutter, who demonstrates once again his considerable talents as a choral director. Here, he also had his work cut out arranging 15 of the tracks (and composing one other). Divided up into various categories, such as "the Eucharist" and "folk hymns," this album will delight the confirmed hymn enthusiast, provided that he or she doesn't insist on the pure, as-written product. Rutter's reworkings range from the bold and brassy (occasionally deliciously over the top--what would Martin Luther have thought of the naughtiness in "A mighty fortress is our God"?) to those of harp-accompanied simplicity, not least in the charming lines of "Be thou my vision." Several tasteful descants are models of their kind. There are some surprises at which to chuckle. For example, not the expected brass and organ job on "We plough the fields and scatter," but a dainty, tripping harp accompaniment to the familiar melody, such as Haydn might have wedded to a Scottish folksong. Occasional numbers might be too saccharine for some tastes, but there are cunningly placed samples of Gregorian chant, Tallis, and Gibbons to provide contrast and cleanse the palate.

Title Artist Arranger Composer Key DD
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL RUTTER, JOHN  
AMAZING GRACE RUTTER, JOHN  
BE THOU MY VISION RUTTER, JOHN  
CHRIST IS MADE THE SURE FOUNDATION RUTTER, JOHN PURCELL, HENRY  
CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY RUTTER, JOHN  
DAY THOU GAVEST LORD IS ENDED, THE RUTTER, JOHN  
DROP DROP SLOW TEARS GIBBONS, ORLANDO  
ETERNAL GOD RUTTER, JOHN  
GLORY TO THEE MY GOD THIS NIGHT TALLIS, THOMAS  
KING OF LOVE MY SHEPHERD IS, THE RUTTER, JOHN  
LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE RUTTER, JOHN  
LO HE COMES WITH CLOUDS DESCENDING RUTTER, JOHN  
LOVE DIVINE ALL LOVES EXCELLING RUTTER, JOHN  
MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD, A RUTTER, JOHN  
MORNING HAS BROKEN RUTTER, JOHN  
O GOD OUR HELP IN AGES PAST RUTTER, JOHN CROFT, WILLIAM  
PANGE LINGUA  
VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS  
VEXILLA REGIS  
WE PLOUGH THE FIELDS AND SCATTER RUTTER, JOHN  
WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS RUTTER, JOHN  
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