Rutter: Requiem (CD Review - The Times, 1997)

The music of the contemporary English composer John Rutter has gained a measure of popularity, and this disc amply illustrated why. Many listeners instinctively shy away from 20th century music, although the work of the trendy minimalists (Pärt, Gorécki et al) has built an audience for new music, and Rutter's work can be added to the list of 'safe ground' for wary collectors. It's tuneful and accessible, and Layton's forces receive an excellent recording on this disc.

John Killeen

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