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James Whibourne: Luminosity

Audio Samples

>Whitbourn, James : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Collegium regale), for chorus & organ
>Whitbourn, James : Alleluia jubilate, for chorus & organ
>Whitbourn, James : A Prayer of Desmond Tutu, for narrator, chorus & percussion
>Whitbourn, James : He carried me away in the spirit, for chorus
>Whitbourn, James : Pure river of water of life, for chorus
>Whitbourn, James : Eternal Rest, for chorus & organ (also an orchestral version by the composer)
>Whitbourn, James : Of one that is so fair and bright, for chorus
>Whitbourn, James : There is no speech or language, for chorus
>Whitbourn, James : Luminosity, for dancers, chorus, viola, organ & percussion

Album Summary

>Whitbourn, James : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Collegium regale), for chorus & organ
>Whitbourn, James : Alleluia jubilate, for chorus & organ
>Whitbourn, James : A Prayer of Desmond Tutu, for narrator, chorus & percussion
>Whitbourn, James : He carried me away in the spirit, for chorus
>Whitbourn, James : Pure river of water of life, for chorus
>Whitbourn, James : Eternal Rest, for chorus & organ (also an orchestral version by the composer)
>Whitbourn, James : Of one that is so fair and bright, for chorus
>Whitbourn, James : There is no speech or language, for chorus
>Whitbourn, James : Luminosity, for dancers, chorus, viola, organ & percussion
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Notes & Reviews:

Best known for his inspired 'Son of God Mass' for saxophone, choir and organ, the British composer, conductor and writer James Whitbourn is admired for his fresh, distinctive yet accessible compositional voice. Setting texts from ancient seers to the modern luminary Desmond Tutu, the works on his new recording reflect the breadth of the composer's achievement, from the monumental 'Magnificat' written for King's College Cambridge, to the Classical Indian fusion work 'Luminosity' - a rare choral work composed for dance. They are performed by Commotio, an Oxford-based chamber choir that specializes in contemporary choral repertoire.

"Luminosity...glows with hypnotic brilliance, fusing powerful vocal writing with seductive eastern influences, while his Evening Canticles for King's and his setting of a prayer by Desmond Tutu illustrate the boundless breadth of Whitbourn's choral imagination." -The Observer

"The music itself proves striking enough in this glowingly committed performance by the Oxford chamber choir Commotio...superbly sympathetic." -BBC Music Magazine *****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009).



Reviews

An exercise in voice!
The first thing most people would notice about this album is that it has a very soothing and enchanting feel to it. Powerful at times with the sound of very rich and harmonic sounding voices,accompanied some of the time with the very warm sound of the pipe organ. If you want to hear some excellent choir work, this album provides just that.
Submitted on 03/04/10 by Keelan Taylor 
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Works Details

>Whitbourn, James : Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (Collegium regale), for chorus & organ
  • Performers: Christopher Gillett (Tenor); Henry Parkes (Organ); Andrew Ker (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Whitbourn, James : Alleluia jubilate, for chorus & organ
  • Performer: Henry Parkes (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Whitbourn, James : A Prayer of Desmond Tutu, for narrator, chorus & percussion
  • Performers: Victoria Gilday (Percussion); Steffan Jones (Tanpura); Steffan Jones (Percussion); Andrew Ker (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Whitbourn, James : He carried me away in the spirit, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Whitbourn, James : Pure river of water of life, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Whitbourn, James : Eternal Rest, for chorus & organ (also an orchestral version by the composer)
  • Performer: Henry Parkes (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Whitbourn, James : Of one that is so fair and bright, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Whitbourn, James : There is no speech or language, for chorus
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Whitbourn, James : Luminosity, for dancers, chorus, viola, organ & percussion
  • Performers: Henry Parkes (Organ); Daniel Eaton (Organ); Andrew Ker (Percussion); Levine Andrade (Viola); Kate Wright (Organ); Seán Curran (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Berry
  • Notes: Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England (07/11/2009/07/12/2009)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008