John Rutter (b.1945)

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01*20091221

Donald Macleod is in conversation with John Rutter, one of the world's most successful and popular living composers.

John discusses some of his most significant childhood experiences, whose influences continue to resonate in his most recent music.

Rutter: Shepherd's Pipe Carol

Allmanna Sangen

Uppsala Kammarorkester

Cecilia Rydinger Alin (conductor)

BIS, BISNLCD5028 Track 16

Rutter: Come down O love divine

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)

The Cambridge Singers

John Rutter (conductor)

Collegium, COLCD 129 Track 13

Rutter: A Gaelic Blessing

Roger Judd (organ)

The Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

Timothy Byram-Wigfield

Hyperion, CDA66947 Track 10

Rutter: Mass of the Children

James McVinnie (organ)

Angharad Gryffydd-Jones (soprano)

Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone)

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Farnham Youth Choir

Clare Chamber Ensemble

Timothy Brown (conductor)

Naxos, 8.557922 Tracks 1-5.

Donald Macleod talks to John Rutter about the influence of his childhood on his music.

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03*20091223

Donald Macleod is in conversation with John Rutter, one of the world's most successful and popular living composers.

Music critics in Britain have often been diffident or openly hostile about Rutter's accessible style, but in the USA he receives near universal praise and regard.

Donald speaks to John about the musical love affair with America that has shaped so much of his career.

Rutter: Fanfare and Proclamation (Three American Miniatures for clarinet and flute)

Joanna Cowan White (flute)

Kennen White (clarinet)

Centaur, CRC 2603 Track 1

Rutter: Gloria

Andrew Lumsden (organ)

Polyphony

The City of London Sinfonia

The Wallace Collection

Stephen Layton (conductor)

Hyperion, CDA 67259 Tracks 1-3

Candlelight Carol

The Cambridge Singers

John Rutter (director)

Collegium, CSCD510 Track 10

Rutter: Partita (1st mvt - Vivace)

Royal Ballet Sinfonia

Gavin Sutherland (conductor)

Resonance, CDRSB085 CD4 Track 1

Rutter: Birthday Madrigals

Wayne Marshall (piano)

Malcolm Creese (double bass)

John Rutter (conductor).

Donald Macleod speaks to John Rutter about his musical love affair with America.

04* *20091224

Donald Macleod is in conversation with John Rutter, one of the world's most successful and popular living composers.

For much of the 1980s, Rutter struggled to continue working under the shadow of long-term illness, yet it was during this period he composed one of his best loved and most regularly performed works.

John discusses with Donald the genesis of his Requiem.

Rutter: A Choral Fanfare

The Cambridge Singers

John Rutter (conductor)

Collegium, COLCD112 Track 7

Rutter: What Sweeter Music

Robert Quinney (organ)

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

EMI CDC5566052 Track 9

Rutter: Requiem (ensemble version)

Nicholas Rimmer (organ)

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge

Members of the City of London Sinfonia

Timothy Brown (conductor)

Naxos 8557130 Tracks 1-7

Rutter Variations on an Easter Theme 'O Filii et Filiae) for organ duet

Christopher Herrick, Jeremy Spurgeon (organ)

Hyperion CDA67458 Tracks 4-9.

John Rutter explains to Donald Macleod the genesis of his much-loved Requiem.

05 LAST*20091225

Donald Macleod is in conversation with John Rutter, one of the world's most successful and popular living composers.

Despite a prolific and varied output, Rutter is still regarded by many simply as 'Mr Christmas'.

Donald Macleod quizzes John on why he keeps coming back to Christmas carols, and what it is that gives his music such wide appeal.

Including the premiere recording of Rutter's most recent carol.

Rutter: Star Carol

John Scott (organ)

The Bach Choir

The Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

David Willcocks (conductor)

Decca 4178981 Track 15

Rutter: Dormi Jesu

Polyphony

City of London Sinfonia

Stephen Layton (conductor)

Hyperion, CDA67245 Track 13

Rutter: There is a Flower

The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge

David Hill (conductor)

Hyperion, CDA67576 Track 13

Rutter: When Icicles Hang

The Cambridge Singers

The City of London Sinfonia

John Rutter (conductor)

Collegium, COLCD117 Tracks 18-23

Rutter: Veni Sancti Spiritus

Robert Quinney (organ)

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Stephen Cleobury (conductor)

EMI CDC5566052 Track 9

Rutter: Carol of the Magi

BBC Singers

BBC recording.

Donald Macleod asks John Rutter why he keeps coming back to Christmas carols.