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Eric Whitacre: Light & Gold

Audio Samples

>Whitacre, Eric : Lux Aurumque
>Whitacre, Eric : Hebrew Love Songs (5), for chorus & string quartet
>Whitacre, Eric : The Seal Lullaby, for chorus & piano
>Whitacre, Eric : A boy and a girl
>Whitacre, Eric : Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
>Whitacre, Eric : Songs of Faith (3)
>Whitacre, Eric : The Stolen Child, for chorus
>Whitacre, Eric : Water Night (version for chorus)
>Whitacre, Eric : Nox Aurumque, for chorus
>Whitacre, Eric : Sleep

Album Summary

>Whitacre, Eric : Lux Aurumque
>Whitacre, Eric : Hebrew Love Songs (5), for chorus & string quartet
>Whitacre, Eric : The Seal Lullaby, for chorus & piano
>Whitacre, Eric : A boy and a girl
>Whitacre, Eric : Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
>Whitacre, Eric : Songs of Faith (3)
>Whitacre, Eric : The Stolen Child, for chorus
>Whitacre, Eric : Water Night (version for chorus)
>Whitacre, Eric : Nox Aurumque, for chorus
>Whitacre, Eric : Sleep
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Notes & Reviews:

An accomplished composer, conductor and lecturer, Eric Whitacre has quickly become one of the most popular and performed composers of his generation. To date, Whitacre's published works have received thousands of performances and have sold in excess of one million copies worldwide.

"An engaging and populist, if not overly challenging, programme that presents Whitacre as perhaps the American equivalent of Karl Jenkins.” -The Independent

"Soupily addictive and beautifully sung." -The Observer

"Their collective intonation is stunning, and they sing with conviction and enjoyment...[there are] many typical Whitacrian hallmarks: a sonorous haze of piled-up cluster-chords, with deep basses and floating upper parts, punctuated by startlingly "scrunchy" multi- (and oft-unresolved) suspensions of rapturous beauty... this gorgeous disc deserves the widest exposure. Simply glorious!” -Gramophone

"'The Stolen Child'... is the most immediately impressive. Here Whitacre deftly weaves the entreating faerie voices of Yeats's poem with that of the 'human child'...The burgeoning crescendo which opens 'i thank You God' is one among many...examples of the EW Singers' technical and expressive excellence." -BBC Music Magazine

"It's all spot on: tuning, vocal blend, articulation of text, or shaping and colouring of phrases. Whitacre's texts have a youthful appeal, from Leonardo da Vinci dreaming, to a young couple kissing in the sun. The singers' vibrant performances complement this, not just in their silvery vocal timbre, but in the sense that they truly believe in what they're singing." -Classic FM

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Silas Church, Kentish Town, London, England (08/2010).



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Works Details

>Whitacre, Eric : Lux Aurumque
  • Performers: Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Owain Williams (Percussion); Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2000

>Whitacre, Eric : Hebrew Love Songs (5), for chorus & string quartet
  • Performers: Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Owain Williams (Percussion); Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion); Hila Plitmann (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Ensemble: Pavao Quartet
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996-2001

>Whitacre, Eric : The Seal Lullaby, for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Christopher Glynn (Piano); Owain Williams (Percussion); Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Whitacre, Eric : A boy and a girl
  • Performers: Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Owain Williams (Percussion); Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Whitacre, Eric : Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
  • Performers: Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Owain Williams (Percussion); Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Whitacre, Eric : Songs of Faith (3)
  • Performers: Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Owain Williams (Percussion); Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Whitacre, Eric : The Stolen Child, for chorus
  • Performers: Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Owain Williams (Percussion); Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Whitacre, Eric : Water Night (version for chorus)
  • Performers: Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Owain Williams (Percussion); Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Whitacre, Eric : Nox Aurumque, for chorus
  • Performers: Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion); Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Owain Williams (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Whitacre, Eric : Sleep
  • Performers: Gary Lovenest (Percussion); Owain Williams (Percussion); Scott Lumsdaine (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000