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CD Giveaway: Rutter - A Song in Season

Posted at 12:00 AM on May 16, 2011 by Rex Levang (15 Comments)

John Rutter is one of the best-known names in contemporary choral music. As a conductor, he's led his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, in outstanding recordings of Faure, Britten and many others. And he's won worldwide popularity as a composer with an instantly recognizable style, and his arrangements, especially of Christmas carols, are in the repertoire of choirs everywhere. Just days ago, millions heard the brand-new piece that he contributed to the royal wedding.

"A Song in Season" is Rutter's first disc in two years. It brings together 12 pieces written for a particular season, observance, or invitation. For example, "O Lord, Thou Hast Seached Me Out" was first performed on Ash Wednesday. "Veni Sancte Spiritus" was written specifically for the Choir of King's College. The occasion for "Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge" was the 700th anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Barbers; how British can you get?

This week, we're giving away a copy of the album to five lucky entrants:

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Comments (15)

I love your show! I'll still love it even if I don't win this disc. Thanks!

Posted by Mike Taylor | May 16, 2011 10:25 AM


Posted by SHAY OLSON | May 16, 2011 10:25 AM

Enter the Giveaway

Posted by Dan Triggs | May 16, 2011 10:27 AM

Loved the brass piece just aired! Thanks for the great music! Ooo, the flute/orchestra piece now airing is great too!

Posted by Carol Gustafson | May 17, 2011 10:09 AM

When I was in college the choir did a couple of John Rutter's pieces - they invariably ended up being my favorites. :)
Thanks so much for broadcasting samples of his new disc!

Posted by CJ | May 17, 2011 10:14 AM

What beautiful music.

Posted by Chela Arias-Ryan | May 17, 2011 12:11 PM

Entering the giveaway because it's beautiful music.. Thanks for having the sweepstakes.

Posted by Barry Wick | May 17, 2011 12:15 PM

Love John Rutter's music! I sing in the Bemidji Chorale, and it is seldom that we have a "Rutter-less" concert.

Posted by Leanne Jaskowiak | May 17, 2011 2:53 PM

You have the most real music and relaxing music on the air. Thanks for keeping us all grounded to what being human really means.

Posted by Becky Brown | May 17, 2011 4:53 PM

The John Rutter piece just played was just beautiful.
I so enjoy the online streaming of Classical MPR!

Posted by JW | May 17, 2011 4:54 PM

Love love love Rutter.

Posted by Nicole Jordan | May 18, 2011 8:56 AM

We heard John Rutter's Requeim at a service at Pilgrim Congregational Church on Palm Sunday and I was touched by his music. I have all my radios tuned to the MPR classical station. MPR is my constant companion!!

Posted by Jeanne Carroll | May 18, 2011 9:44 AM

I have always LOVED John Rutter's music. He has such a musical way of composing and arranging old pieces.

Posted by Melody Fitzsimmons | May 18, 2011 1:31 PM

We saw a John Rutter conducted performance in London two years ago. He is a very pleasant, open, laid back, and friendly person. The warmth of his music is also present in him.

Posted by Tom Rochat | May 19, 2011 7:12 AM

Rutter Rocks! Thanks for promoting such beautiful music.

Posted by Jeanne Schulze | May 20, 2011 10:35 AM