For anyone who likes choral music, this is a worthy addition to any collection. I first heard Water Night on classic fm and was pulled in by its delicate emotive content. Bear with me here; I'm not a musician, I'm a carpenter and can't write intelligently about the finer points of a piece of music. I bought the collection on the strength of that single track, and I'm not disappointed. In a way, I'm glad that I can't consider the music by commenting on its structure, form, balance, etc. I either like it, or I don't. I admire Mr Whitacre's obvious talent - and the sheer nous needed to transform the emotional feelings in his head to the myriad dots on the sheets so that musicians and voices can be cajoled, nursed, bullied? and made to bring that creation to listeners' ears. Imagine doing all that, then having it played, and hoping that you've communicated your emotions to countless other heads - all that hard work! But that's by the way really; you like it or you don't. I'll stop meandering and say that this is a wonderful collection. I'll finish by saying that the choral music that lifts all gravity away from my bod is Mozart's, 'Ave Verum Corpus', 'Laudate Dominum'; Vivaldi's, 'Et In Terra Pax' (589), and Faure's, 'In Paradisum'. You like choral? You must have those too!
28th June: Since entering the above, I've discovered another recording of 'Water Night' performed on, 'Whitacre: The Complete A Capella Works', by the Brigham Young University singers. Here is a superb version of this music; the warmth and power in the voices is awesome! I've ordered the disc - despite its breathtaking price and hope to enjoy more of the contents.
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