Lieder der Liebe

These are live recordings of two movements of Lieder der Liebe by Carl Rütti. They were performed at St Pancras Parish Church on Saturday 9 May 2015 by The Epiphoni Consort directed by Tim Reader. The cello soloist is Anna Menzies.

Carl Rütti grew up in Zug, Switzerland and in 1975 received the Solisten-diploma in piano and organ from Zürich Conservatoire. During the following year, studying under Kendall Taylor and Richard Latham in London, he became especially fascinated by English choral singing, inspiring him to write several pieces for a cappella choir. Rütti’s music blends the English choral tradition with other genres including jazz and the blues in rich, colourful textures.

He has composed a steady output of largely religious choral works, including Sermon on the Mount, Lieder der Liebe (Songs of Love), Veni Creator Spiritus (a 40 part motet), Stabat Mater, St Peter and St Paul, and Alpha et Omega, first performed at the BBC PROMS in 1999. His compositions also include the carol I wonder as I wander, which has been performed several times in recent years as part of the service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge. He has also written a number of instrumental pieces.

Church music today embraces a wide variety of styles, reflecting the different traditions of Christian worship around the world and even in this country. Within this variety there should always be a place for music which explores the contemporary serious idioms, and the Festivals at St Pancras have become the vanguard, including and even commissioning works which engage the mind. The mind of worshippers who desire something beyond the fashionable songs which, although they have their place, are of their essence ephemeral.

Alan Gibbs, composer