Magazine article Gramophone

Playlists: Two Listening Guides: One from John Rutter, and One That Fuses Classical Music with Art

Magazine article Gramophone

Playlists: Two Listening Guides: One from John Rutter, and One That Fuses Classical Music with Art

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Composer-conductor John Rutter creates a playlist based on his musical friendships, while James Jolly's celebrates painters in music. Listen to them both at

Musical friends

John Rutter picks tracks linked to his longstanding friends and colleagues

One of the greatest rewards of a musician's life is the variety of friends you pick up along the way, and I love to be reminded of them in music. There are the composers I've met: my school friend John Tavener, and Herbert Howells, Benjamin Britten, George Shearing (I premiered his Songs and Sonnets), Bob Chilcott, and Tarik O'Regan --who wrote a wonderfully consoling Nunc dimittis in memory of my son, Christopher.

Among my mentors I remember Edward Chapman who encouraged my early compositional efforts at school (John Tavener's Funeral Ikos was written for his memorial service); then at Cambridge, David Willcocks, Director of King's College Choir, who first got me into print. Among performers, my treasured friends include pianist Howard Shelley whom I taught to drive when we were schoolboys; Elin Manahan Thomas and Melanie Marshall, who both soared into the solo world after singing in professional choirs, including my own Cambridge Singers; and whole groups I'm associated with--the RPO, The Bach Choir, and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. I am proud to have known them all.

* Taverner Dum transisset Sabbatum King's College Choir / Willcocks Decca

* Clara Sanabras Miranda's Dissent London Voices; Britten Sinfonia / Brough Smudged Discs

* John Tavener Funeral Ikos St John's College Choir / Robinson Naxos

* Chopin Impromptu in A flat Shelley Chandos

* Howells Sine Nomine The Bach Choir; Bournemouth SO / Hill Naxos

* Britten Voices for Today National Youth Choir / Parry NYCGB

* Mozart Laudate Dominum Manahan Thomas; Aurora Orch / Rutter Collegium

* Trad Sometimes I feel like a motherless child M Marshall; BBC Concert Orchestra / Rutter Collegium

* Shearing Who is Silvia? Cambridge Singers; W Marshall / Rutter Collegium

* O'Regan Nunc dimittis Clare College Choir / Brown Collegium

The first complete recording of John Rutter's 'Psalmfest' is available now on Naxos

Painting in music

James Jolly explores the intersection between music and the visual arts

Employing one art form to reflect another has its dangers--the quip, credited to Martin Mull, that suggests that 'writing about music is like dancing about architecture' is a salutary warning. …

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