- Conductor: Stephen Layton
- Composer: Eric Whitacre
- Audio CD (30 Jan. 2006)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Hyperion
- ASIN: B000E1XOUS
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Cloudburst and other choral works CD
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At the age of only 35, Eric Whitacre has already gained a phenomenal reputation in the United States. The Los Angeles Times described his music as having 'electric, chilling harmonies; works of unearthly beauty and imagination' and his "Water Night" (included on this new recording) has become one of the most popular choral works of the last decade, and is one of the top-selling choral publications of all time.
Top Customer Reviews
From the first notes on this disc: a setting of e e cummings `I thank you God for this most amazing day', the music says ` classic choral composition'. It isn't so much that the music reminds the listener of any particular previous music, it is more that this composer has the elements of choral composition under his complete control and knows just how to bring voices together to produce this elusive transcendent sound. Some people hear echoes of Avro Part, but if anything Whitacre is the Anti-Part: where Part strives for simplicity Whitacre luxuriates in richness. Listening to his music is like having your ears kissed by angels.
Near the centre of the disc are two longer settings. Track 6 `When David heard' gradually and insistently builds over its 13 minute length with the repeated affirmation `my son'. Track 8 `Cloudburst' is the most ambitious composition here with voices rising from speech into song, eventually joined by the clapping, finger clicking and thigh tapping of the singers to stimulate a rainstorm. It works incredibly well.Read more ›
The composer has released one a capella album before this with the Brigham Young University Choir, which was an amazing recording. However, this recording by Polyphony (a professional choir from the UK) stands out miles above this. Everything you'd want from a choir, you have in this album - beautiful music, pure tone and superb ensemble.
The choir manage to create such an angelic sound, with the music managing to float effortlessly above the listener. The tone of the soloists is pure, and the sound of the whole ensemble is crisp.
My favourite is 'When David Heard', a setting of the devastating text taken from samuel 2. The amount of emotion in this piece is heart-wrenching, and you will never hear a better piece of music.
Overall, thisis pne hell of an album, with a brilliant choir, superb direction and spectacular composition. I suggest buying this album!
It beats listening to Mozart this year!!!
I have found nothing to match Polyphony's singing and Whitacre's music reveals yet more of this group's powers.
However, in being solely a CD of Whitacre's music, the beauty of these two outstanding tracks is somewhat lost as the style remains the same throughout. Buy the CD if you really like it, otherwise I'd suggest just downloading these two tracks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first heard Eric Whitacre on the BBC Proms, I liked his music, so this is the second cd I have his. There are really great. The choral singing is relaxing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by christine
i haver only just discovered Eric Whitacre and I adore his musicPublished 3 months ago by George Evdemon
Fantastic!! And what a group of singers to come from Ipplepan, Devon! They are especially sensitive and expressive in the field of dynamics and create and achieve such a calming... Read morePublished 13 months ago by jantina Noorman
Heard the Wedding Day track on Classic FM and decided to buy the whole CD. Huge disappointment as the rest of the CD is dire and sounds like a dirge.Published 23 months ago by Leesa S.
I personally love Eric Whitacre though I am sure it is an acquired taste and you do have top listen several times but this is a great CDPublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by J. R. Miles
Great. Love it. Beautiful music performed brilliantly. Very relaxing. Can't stop playing it.Well done Eric Whitacre. A musical triumph and a must have.Published on 31 May 2013 by Jen
Delighted with swift and effective service. Would recommend to any customer. Many thanks for your help. Hope to do business with you again.Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by iona