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John Rutter: Mass of the Children - Angharad Gruffydd Jones (soprano); Clare Chamber Ensemble; Daniel Pailthorpe (flute); James McVinney (organ);...
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  1. Mass of the Children, for soprano, baritone, children's chorus, chorus & orchestra
  2. Shadows, song cycle for baritone & guitar
  3. Wedding Canticle (Blessed are all they that fear the Lord), for flute, guitar & chorus
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What the listener will think of this CD will depend partly on what he or she thinks of Rutter's musical rendition of sentimentalist religion. It's nicely executed here -- as nicely as on Rutter's own recordings with his handpicked choir -- by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, under Timothy Brown. And the two outer works on the album are recent compositions that provide full efflorescences of his style. The Mass of the Children neatly pairs a children's choir with tropes Rutter has selected for the brevis version of ...