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Light And Gold [CD]

Eric Whitacre Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Conductor: Eric Whitacre
  • Audio CD (18 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B003ODHXEG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Lux Aurumque 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Five Hebrew Love Songs: Temuná (A Picture) 1:45£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs: Kalá Kallá (Light Bride) 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Five Hebrew Love Songs: Lárov (Mostly)0:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs: Éyze Shéleg! (What Snow!) 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Five Hebrew Love Songs: Rakút (Tenderness) 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Seal Lullaby 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Boy And A Girl 4:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Leonardo Dreams Of His Flying Machine 8:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Three Songs Of Faith: I Will Wade Out 2:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Three Songs Of Faith: Hope Faith Life Love 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Three Songs Of Faith: I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day 6:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Stolen Child 8:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Water Night 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Nox Aurumque 6:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sleep 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Light and Gold is the first in a stunning collection of Eric Whitacre’s choral works conducted for the first time by Eric himself and performed by The Eric Whitacre Singers, Laudibus and friends.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Persevere with this 7 Aug 2011
By M. D. Holley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have had this CD for about 8 months and have been reserving judgment on it until now. None of the tunes are particularly catchy and for me at least it was not as easy to get to know as, say, Britten or Bartok. So my first impression was 'sounds beautiful but is the same all the way through and rather anodyne at that'.

But some features started to catch the ear: Whitacre has a wonderful way of relishing scrunchy discords which don't quite sound like anyone else.

It is too much to digest in one go so I tried picking a single song and then listening to it over and over while closely following the text, and eventually my ears opened up. His way with setting the words is rather wonderful and part of the pleasure is the way he brings out the meaning. For example, try the way he sets 'opened' at the end of track 12.

After all this time I still haven't been able to make sense of all the tracks, but I do really love Lux Aurumque (1), A Boy and a Girl (8), Three Songs of Faith (10-12) and Sleep (16) and I am sure these are little masterpieces.

I note some reviewers dismiss this CD as light weight or sugary, but I can't really see that myself, with the possible exception of the Seal Lullaby (track 7). Maybe the initial impression of blandness (which I experienced too) was the cause.

After several months' exposure to the music I can see that the songs are actually quite varied and no longer all sound the same. Whitacre has a rather distinctive style which is quite new and original - this is probably why many of us don't 'get it' at first hearing.

But do persevere - you may be glad you did.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burnished gold and blazing light 18 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
Never has a choral recording been more appropriately titled than Eric Whitacre's new CD `Light and Gold'

It is a selection of pieces polished to burnished gold, with tonal and harmonic beauty. Look further within those tight harmonic lines, which almost sit in each others laps, and the intricacies of the works become apparent as well as the shining simplicity and deeply personal meaning behind these pieces.

The Eric Whitacre Singers make a highly polished debut, obviously bathed in this composer's music, supported on this recording by Laudibus and The King's Singers. The other star of the recording is the almost Cathedral-like acoustic of St Silas' Church, Kentish Town, London. The warmth and clarity of the recording and acoustic add to the awe of the pieces and provide Light to that burnished gold.

The pieces themselves are a veritable rainbow and I would encourage you to read the accompanying booklet before you listen, which put the pieces into context. Some booklets are simply marketing / promotional bumph, but not this one....

My particular favourites are `The Seal Lullaby', based on a Rudyard Kipling story, and `I thank you God for most this amazing day'

When listening to new choral music, as well as intricate highly professional pieces, I also seek pieces that offer repertoire to amateur choirs and the piece that I hope will be taken up by choirs across the UK is the beautiful Hebrew love song `Kala Kalla (Light Bride)'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Polyphony is better 6 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Eric Whitacre is truly great and original composer and this is fine introduction to his music. However I prefer the previous album of his music by Stephen Layton and Polyphony. The recorded sound is simply more natural and affecting.

However, as the albums only slightly overlap on repertoire, I would not hesitate to recommend both.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for contemplation. 24 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As previously commented - this is a delight to listen to - I love this man's work. This will calm your busy day. Buy it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 19 Nov 2011
By Emily
Format:Audio CD
I have only recently started listening to classical and choral music and this cd is a fantastic introduction. I was recommended this cd by a friend and can only pass this recommendation on. The music is magical and beautiful with a range of songs from lullabys to quite upbeat pieces. I love listening to this cd after a stressful day after work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light & Gold - Eric Whitacre 18 Aug 2011
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Light & Gold This music is extraordinarily beautiful and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to experience the beauty of close harmonies which lift the listener to another plain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Choral music can be a hit 27 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
People involved in choral music already knew that Whitacre is a splendid composer. This cd HAD to be good, and it really IS. Anyway we miss more new pieces. I have now 3 cds with Whitacre's music and 3 different versions of Lux Aurumque, Sleep ... If you have not any cd of this author yet, this Light and Gold will become a little treasure in your cd collection. If you were one of those not interested so far in choral music, make yourself a gift and get this cd and you will discover a wonderful universe. Remember these Mozart's words: If only Humankind could sense the power of harmony!.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunningly Good Choral Album! 19 Dec 2010
By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The music here is just sublime. Beautifully sung; sparse and spiritual, yet modern. This chills you, lifts, you, allows you to contemplate. I find this just hauntingly beautiful music and somewhat difficult to describe! Just buy it and listen for yourself. Highly recommended (and I want to hear more).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light and Gold
Just stunning. So moving. So restful. I just love listening to this to relax, particularly before sleeping. Whitacre is a genius. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mark gale
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
One of the songs from this CD just happened to be playing one morning on the radio as I drove my kids to school. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julia Elmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Light And Gold
It's a very good album, I wouldn't say that it is what I would say is a full on Classical album but that's just my opinion? Read more
Published 6 months ago by printman
2.0 out of 5 stars Light and Gold
This was a present for a very elderly Uncle,and although he liked it ,and i thought i would it was not to my taste even though i like most types of music,its just a matter of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Sheila Dysart
4.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling harmonies
This is another CD purchased on behalf of my wife who has sung at least two of the works recorded here. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely album
Eric Whitacre is a composer that I had heard of through listening to classic fm
this album is lovely &very chilled especially the Seal Lullaby
Published 11 months ago by mummraa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Worth every penny. The music is amazing and the voices are just heavenly. Love it, love it, love it! You will not regret buying this cd.
Published 14 months ago by Nicole Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean and lovely elegant music
Our choir is currently learning Seal Lullaby, which was enough excuse to buy this. I find his music very soothing and elegant to listen to.
Published 14 months ago by E. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Very relaxing music. I heard a track on classic fm and sought it out here on amazon. Very peaceful music.
Published 16 months ago by N. Iceton
5.0 out of 5 stars Movingly wonderful
Its all lovely, I had not heard of Eric Whitacre until listening to Classic FM they played The Seal Lullaby, I downloaded the album before the track had finished. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. A. Coffey
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