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Carl Rutti
1949 -
Switzerland
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C. Rütti
Carl Rütti (24/03/1949), a Swiss composer, pianist and organist. He was born in the Swiss town of Zug. After studying piano and organ at the Zürich Conservatoire, he travelled to England, where his teachers were Kendall Taylor and Richard Latham. Whilst in London he experienced English choral singing for the first time, and was impressed by its quality and high standard. He was inspired to write several pieces for a cappella choir, some of which were recorded by the choir of Brompton Oratory, London and the BBC Singers, and broadcast by the BBC. Since then he has composed a steady output of largely religious choral works including Sermon on the Mount, Songs of Love, Verena die Quelle, the 40-part motet Veni Creator Spiritus, O magnum mysterium, a Magnificat, a Stabat Mater, St Peter and St Paul and Alpha and Omega (first performed at the BBC Proms in 1999), and has worked together with many English and American choirs. His compositions also include the carol I wonder as I wander, which has been performed several times as part of the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge.
Requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2007
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Duration:ca.55'
Label(s):Naxos 8.572317
Trained as a pianist and organist, the Swiss-born Carl Rütti spent a student period in England where his interest in the qualities of British choral singing was awakened. The result has been an impressive list of works that are as rewarding to the performer as they are to the listener. The Requiem came as a result of a commission from The Bach Choir and was completed in 2007. It is in the seven conventional sections, using strings, harp and organ as the accompaniment—the same as used by Fauré in his Requiem. But Rütti often speaks in dramatic tones, with dissonances giving the strings a powerful presence that is then supplemented at key moments by the power of the organ. The long Offertorium is a particularly impressive section, while he oft uses the long floating high passages we find in John Tavener’s works. You will also enjoy those moments when he uses the strings to produce totally fresh sounds as in the Benedictus. The performance conducted by David Hill is given by much the same forces as those responsible for its premiere in February 2008, the singing having that mark of familiarity. Good sound.
Author:David Denton
Source:David's Review Corner, October 2009
Contributor:Hermann Puchta
The requiem is for soprano and baritone soloists, double choir, strings, harp and organ and was commissioned in 2005 by The Bach Choir. This Requiem contains:
- Introitus 9'28
- Kyrie 5'02
- Offertorium 12'41
- Sanctus - Benedictus 6'09
- Agnus Dei 5'15
- Communio 6'11
- In Paradisum 10'11