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WHITBOURN, J.: Annelies (chamber version) (A. Zukerman, Westminster Williamson Voices, Lincoln Trio, Chandra, J. Jordan)

Composer(s):Whitbourn, James
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.573070
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The first major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank takes the teenager’s remarkable and penetrating observations, written whilst hiding in an Amsterdam attic, as the basis of its extraordinary and moving libretto. Whitbourn’s music for this work has been described as “woundingly beautiful” (The Daily Telegraph). He reflects sounds of the Westerkerk bells and tunes heard on the radio in the Annexe, along with representations of Anne Frank’s Jewish and German heritage, details that add to a score “whose respectful understatement is its greatest strength” (The Times).


   




Review By Brian Wigman,Classical Net,June 2013

The work is stunning in both its beauty and utter simplicity. Naxos and James Jordan have made the right choice in choosing the chamber version for release…It has a deep, personal sense of intimacy, and the sparse but masterful scoring allows a great feeling of introspection and emotional involvement. Whitbourn knows exactly what he wants to do with this text, using the chorus, Zukerman, and his instrumentalists to tell the story in such a way that it just feels right. Zukerman sings beautifully, with real emotion, and the chorus clearly relishes the opportunity to convey such powerful words to us through music. James Jordan does a great job at shading the text and music dramatically.

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Review By Steven Bergman,EDGE New York,February 2013

British composer James Whitbourn (1963- ) has created a choral setting of the diary for soprano, choir, and seven musicians. “Annelies” is an extensive and ambitious work…“Annelies” is a somber piece that, though well composed and performed, is a dark and brooding composition not suited for the casual listen.

The musicians are excellent. The Lincoln Trio, along with clarinet soloist Bharat Chandra, convey the torment of this child and her family as their lives oscillate between hope and despair, leading up to their tragic end.

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Review By Brian Wilson - Download News 2013/3,MusicWeb International,February 2013

This is timeless music, setting extracts from the diaries of Anne Frank. The music is uplifting…

Performances are exemplary. There’s an excellent booklet and the recording is very good indeed. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Review By Brian Wilson - Download News 2013/3,MusicWeb International,February 2013

This is timeless music, setting extracts from the diaries of Anne Frank. The music is uplifting…

Performances are exemplary. There’s an excellent booklet and the recording is very good indeed. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Review By Brian Wilson - Download News 2013/3,MusicWeb International,February 2013

This is timeless music, setting extracts from the diaries of Anne Frank. The music is uplifting…

Performances are exemplary. There’s an excellent booklet and the recording is very good indeed. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review








 

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