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Episode 4

John Rutter explains to Donald Macleod the genesis of his Requiem. Written under the shadow of long-term illness, it is one of his best-loved and most regularly performed works.

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.

1 hour

Music Played

  • John Rutter

    A Choral Fanfare

    Performer: The Cambridge Singers Performer: John Rutter (conductor)

    • Collegium, COLCD112,.
    • 7.
  • John Rutter

    What Sweeter Music

    Performer: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Performer: Robert Quinney (organ) Performer: Stephen Cleobury

    • EMI CDC5566052,.
    • 9.
  • John Rutter

    Requiem (ensemble version)

    Performer: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge Performer: Members of the City of London Sinfonia Performer: Nicholas Rimmer (organ) Performer: Timothy Brown (Conductor)

    • Naxos 8557130,.
  • John Rutter

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

    Performer: Christopher Herrick (organ) Performer: Jeremy Spurgeon (organ)

    • Hyperion CDA67458,.
  • John Rutter

    A Choral Fanfare

    Performer: The Cambridge Singers Performer: John Rutter (conductor)

    • Collegium, COLCD112,.
    • 7.
  • John Rutter

    What Sweeter Music

    Performer: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Performer: Robert Quinney (organ) Performer: Stephen Cleobury

    • EMI CDC5566052,.
    • 9.
  • John Rutter

    Requiem (ensemble version)

    Performer: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge Performer: Members of the City of London Sinfonia Performer: Nicholas Rimmer (organ) Performer: Timothy Brown (Conductor)

    • Naxos 8557130,.
  • John Rutter

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

    Performer: Christopher Herrick (organ) Performer: Jeremy Spurgeon (organ)

    • Hyperion CDA67458,.

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