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WHITACRE, E.: Choral Music (Elora Festival Singers, Edison)

Composer(s):Whitacre, Eric
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - Secular
Catalogue 8.559677
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Eric Whitacre’s dedication to the beauty of sound, paired with exquisite texts, results in a poetic combination that creates a unique sonic experience. These works are existential choral moments, beautifully crafted, and harmonised to express a compressed moment in time. Such sublime sonorities transcend descriptions such as ‘warm’, ‘glistening’ or ‘shimmering’, although these features of his choral works do suggest affinities with the sound worlds of Arvo Pärt or John Tavener, for instance. However, Whitacre’s fluid lines and blossoming harmonies give his music its own highly personal and irresistible magic.

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Review By Colin Eatock,Houston Chronicle,December 2011

Eric Whitacre is currently a star in the choral world, and this disc certainly helps to explain why. His music is rich, resonant and entirely suited to the choral medium. Mind you, it helps that the choir recorded on this work—Noel Edison’s the Elora Festival Singers—is one of the finest vocal ensembles on the continent.

…Whitacre’s choral textures shines radiantly. This is meditative music, but it also has an underlying power in it. © 2011 Houston Chronicle Read complete review

Review By Jason Victor Serinus,Spirit of Change,October 2010

Even before his YouTube Virtual Choir recording of “Lux aurumque” (Light of gold) became an international hit, Nevada-born Eric Whitacre, 40, had become the golden boy of American choral music. The reasons for his fame are abundantly clear on this new, budget CD from Naxos. His music, with its easily assimilated, almost otherworldly strangeness and ethereal beauty, touches a deep core within our being.


Review By James Manishen,Winnipeg Free Press,June 2010

The first impression of American composer Eric Whitacre, 40, is his absorbing harmonic language. Uncomplicated, yet well upholstered with the interval of the “second” adding crunch to the tonal harmonies. A lot happens underneath the variety of texts here, but the music unfolds so organically, one senses neither text nor tone could function independent of the other.


Review By Joshua Meggitt,Cyclic Defrost,June 2010

Nevadan composer Eric Whitacre specialises in music for choir and wind, and this survey of recent choral works is an excellent introduction to the former. Those fond of the sublime sonorities of Arvo Part and John Tavener take note: Whitacre too works in crafting music of incredible beauty, vast glistening harmonies which possess a transcendental purity while utilising contemporary, almost idiosyncratic structures.


Review By Stephen Eddins ,,June 2010

Not only is the ensemble Elora Festival Singers founded and led by Noel Edison, the resident choir of the summer festival held about an hour west of Toronto, but its concerts, tours, and recordings have established it as one of the freshest Canadian chamber choirs. It’s an exceptionally fine group, with a warm, well-blended, youthful sound, and the singers’ discipline and technical prowess are evident in everything they sing. This album devoted to the choral music of Eric Whitacre includes almost half of the works for mixed voices he had written up to 2009, and it’s an impressive collection. Whitacre is a master of the lusciously rich harmonic language that has become the lingua franca of tonal choral music in the new century, but he also brings an exceptionally


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