John Rutter studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and first came to notice as a composer and arranger of Christmas carols and other choral pieces during those early years; today his compositions, including such concert-length works as Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world. John edits the Oxford Choral Classics series, and, with Sir David Willcocks, co-edited four volumes of Carols for Choirs. In 1983 he formed his own choir The Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made numerous recordings on the Collegium Records label, and he appears regularly in several countries as a guest conductor and choral ambassador. John holds a Lambeth Doctorate in Music, and was awarded a CBE for services to music in 2007.
For me, the transcriptions strike a perfect balance between idiomatic piano writing and faithfully reproducing the essence of the original full-scale compositions, bathed as they so often are in lush harmonic beauty and chromaticism. The John Rutter Piano Album is music that deeply enriches both player and listener, and I anticipate returning to the score to play these pieces again and again. * Andrew Eales, pianodao.com, August 2020 *