CARL RÜTTI (b.1949): Jacob's Ladder, Annunciation, Tabor, Tongues of Fire, Vita.
Catalogue Number: 01L088
Reference: GMCD 7337
Description: This disc contains organist-composer Rütti's complete output for his instrument to date. Like the Requiem offered above, these works are approachable and tonal, a warmly expressive, emotionally compelling musical affirmation of religious faith. The influence of Messiaen seems to loom large, as is perhaps difficult to avoid for anyone writing religious organ music in the 20th century; certainly the rich chromatic harmonic progressions and driving toccatas underpinned by striding ostinato figuration - not to mention the evocation of birdsong! - seem quite familiar, but Rütti performs his versions of these rituals very well indeed, and these works are a welcome addition to the repertory of fine, dramatic and approachable, idiomatic sacred organ works. Carl Rütti (organ of Hofkirche St. Leodegar, Lucerne).