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WHITBOURN, J.: Choral Works - Luminosity / Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis / He carried me away in the spirit (Commotio, M. Berry)

Composer(s):Whitbourn, James
Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicChoral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.572103
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


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 which specialises in contemporary choral repertoire.


   




Review By Tom Manoff,All Things Considered,April 2010

James Whitbourn’s Celestial Sounds

James Whitbourn’s Luminosity expands the experience of classical music beyond the edges of the traditional map of classical style.

English composer James Whitbourn, born in 1963, is part of a new generation of musicians who are no longer bound to the notion that contemporary music needs to challenge the listener with difficulty.

His new CD is called Luminosity, and it includes the choral piece A Prayer of Desmond Tutu. Tutu himself speaks on the recording.

One of the most interesting aspects of this piece is the composer’s combination of classical choral style with elements of African music, heard especially in the percussion.

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