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Eric Whitacre has created the healing nest for the weary traveller, the youthful searcher and the narrowed academic. How could anyone want for more on one CD..... indeed, how coud anyone want for more at all? Not me.
Whitacre's craft as creator of these soundscapes surpasses even his previous work, in my opinion. I had no doubt the choral compositions would meet my needs but I didn't realise the singers would give me, a Teacher of Voice, 98% of what I wanted to hear in the shaping and comittment to the composition; it is excellent.
I hadn't realised there were instrumental tracks on here before ordering. I would normally be disappointed. Realising there were I attempted to put aside my increeping negative voice of "but I wanted all choral!" Oh how wrong I was and what a lesson I have learned. SO..... completely different from the choral tracks I was just captured by and swooning over Whitacre's abiltiy to give us such richness in his writing.
I want to buy LOTS of copies to give to my friends. I say listen to this and no one can ever even breathe the phrase: "Classical music is dead"
A great album with both choral works and orchestral pieces. I am relatively new to Eric Whitacre's choral works and therefore I am not the best person to fully review this album or compare it to his previous ones, as I bought it primarily for the River Cam. It is a lovely lyrical piece, undeniably British, with serious echoes of Elgar and Vaughan WIlliams and was written by Eric for the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber to mark his 60th birthday. I first heard the piece in April 2011 when it was premiered at the Royal Festival Hall and fell in love with it. There are so many pieces for cello and orchestra, not many pieces for cello and strings and The River Cam fills the gap beautifully and very likely to become a staple in the repertoire.
Fans of Eric Whitacre's previous choral work will know what to expect - delicious dissonances laced with enough honeyed harmonies to make the work an unalloyed pleasure from the very first hearing.
The disappointment of having another track on this album of his (albeit near-perfect) setting of David's lament over his son Absalom, from Whitacre's earlier album Cloudburst, was more than made up for by several orchestral pieces here which show another side of his talent. The first of the these, Equus, is an exhilaring musical gallop which one only wishes were longer the nine minutes or so it actually takes.
I bought Water Night about two weeks ago. Since buying it I have been unable to listen to anything else; no more Billie Holiday, no more Del Amitri, Simply Red, Crosby Stills & Nash, Jamie Cullum, Rumer, Cuban Music, Ella Fitzgerald, Glen Miller. Gone is all the Blues and Bluegrass, even the Gospel Music. When will I be able to listen to them again? The first few times I played "Water Night" I wept. That's the power of music! It sounds like the music of heaven. I get my friends to sit down, shut up and listen; they all love it. I've never heard anything like it, and I am 63. That's all I can say. You have been warned.
Mesmerising.watched. This at the proms and was transfixed. Just had to buy it.so relaxing and absorbing. Also recommend his other cds which gave been investigating as nevercheard of him before. The river cam track which he wrote for the cellist lloyd webber is just bliss. I am an avid fan of his now for his choral work too.throughly recommend this cd.
I LOVE this new CD of composer Eric Whitacre entitled, "Water Night!" The arrangement for string ensemble of the title track is absolutely sublime. It's as if the orchestrated version was the first version to be concieved. The enembles are of the finest professional quality, and the clarity of each performance is amazing. I have a sense of birds flying gracefully when I listen to "Alleluia." It's as if the listener is being transported to an omniscient paradise of wonder and peace. Some composers should not conduct their own music -- Mr. Whitacre SHOULD. He is a masterful conductor and great interpreter of his own music. He elicts a pure but passionate sound from his singers and orchestra. I find his music to be honest, straightforward, and full of light and compassion. And this description also includes the marvelous performances of Hila Plitmann and Julian Lloyd Weber. I give this CD my highest recommendation. Ron Kean
Eric Whitacre is well known and well renowned for his choral music but probably less known for orchestral works. This album sets out to change that as there are equal parts choral and orchestral music on it. Interestingly the choral pieces have no orchestral element and the orchestral pieces have no choral element. This is a brave move and one that works very well simply because the orchestral music is of the same high quality we are used to hear from Mr. Whitacre's choral music. The album as a narrative is also very well put together.
Equus My absolute favourite of the orchestral pieces, possibly of the album. Thrillride is the best attempt I can make at trying to describe it. Madhouse I've also used. Has to be heard! It's one of those pieces of music that demands you full attention and thoroughly rewards you for it.
Alleluia Favourite coral piece. So beautiful it hurts. A single word repeated for nine and a half minutes and not a sign of repetetiveness. Genius.