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Water Night [CD]

Julian Lloyd Webber, Eric Whitacre Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00753MC92
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Eric Whitacre: Alleluia 9:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Eric Whitacre: Equus 9:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Eric Whitacre: Oculi Omnium 3:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Eric Whitacre: The River Cam [feat. Julian Lloyd Webber]11:54Album Only
Listen  5. Eric Whitacre: Her Sacred Spirit Soars 6:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Eric Whitacre: Water Night (For Strings) 6:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Eric Whitacre: Goodnight Moon [feat. Hila Plitmann] 5:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Eric Whitacre: When David Heard17:38Album Only
Listen  9. Eric Whitacre: Sleep My Child 6:220.79  Buy MP3 

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let your Soul drink from the Divine stream...... 17 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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"
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush & delirious 24 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Eric Whitacre is, deservedly, the most popular choral composer of our time. His ethereal compositions have won him hundreds of thousands of fans all across the globe, many of whom say that his music has a profound effect on them. As for myself, I first heard Whitacre's music ("Water Night") in 2001, and have been mesmerized by his music ever since. I can't describe the effect it has on me, but "clearing," "soothing" and "healing" are some words that approach that unearthly experience. It helps me get over a headache, truly. It is so profound, clearing and ecstatic.

This is Whitacre's first CD that also includes orchestral renditions. He's upped his game here -- the choral pieces are more lush, shimmering and spine-tingling than ever. His orchestral pieces are a fairly new offering from him, and gratefully so, since they too are moving and utterly beautiful. "The River Cam" was written for cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and captures the presence of not just the river itself, but of the English pastoral landscape. A delicate, touching, memorable piece.

Very hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to name the one I listen to the most, it would be Alleluia. The way this song swells and fills my entire body with basking joy is a feat that, musically, only Whitacre can do. This song gives me wings. Similar in its exultant joy is "Oculi Omnium," a rewriting of the Gregorian Chant, which Whitacre has spat on his hands and raised from the dead. No longer quiet and secluded -- now alive, effervescent, ebullient -- with the brilliant Grace Davidson soaring to thrilling heights.

"Her Sacred Spirit" feels more like an intimate invocation, a tribute from a loving companion. Made me cry a couple of times. I feel strength is funneled into me as I listen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angry! 15 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitacre's best yet! 22 April 2012
By M. D. Holley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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How wonderful to have three orchestral pieces from Whitacre on this disc! They are each different from the other, providing a much more varied and richer album than his previous ones.

The River Cam is a tone poem with solo cello, and it deserves to become a staple of the repertoire. Those special Whitacre harmonies sound amazing on an orchestra - try the wondrous sound after 6:15, and again the final unearthly chord at the end of the piece. It's worth the price of the CD to hear that one chord alone. Water Night comes across well on string orchestra, sounding reminiscent in places of Arvo Part, but with that special Whitacre sound prevailing, and again a joy to hear those special harmonies on orchestra. Equus is in an unusual style for Whitacre, but it is well put together and an intelligent work, reminding me in places of Michael Torke (no bad thing!). I certainly don't agree with the Gramophone review's dismissal of it.

As a complete contrast in style, we get the setting of the children's book, Goodnight Moon, with Hila Piltmann taking the solo soprano part. This too is very enjoyable in its own way.

The rest of the disc is given over to the more typical Whitacre choral pieces, five of them in all. Whitacre has maintained his very high standards and they are all very good indeed. I'll just mention two. 'Oculi Omnium' is the shortest and is a model of perfection in miniature. The setting of 'Amen' is one of those divine moments. 'When David Heard' is the longest piece I have heard of Whitacre, at 17 minutes. It captures the distress of a father losing his son, and is dramatic and rather harrowing. Maybe Whitacre should tackle an opera at some point.

Whitacre is one of the most important developments is 'serious' music at the moment - don't be put off by the glamorous packaging. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating
This is superb music, beautifully performed. I find Eric's music almost intoxicating; the wonderful harmonies sink into my inner being and transport me to a heavenly place. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AnneJo
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitacre,s water night - Sublime..
As i have become accustomed to with regard to the works of Whitacre, sublime..sublimely beautiful...
Though i love the whole album, The River Cam is simply wonderful... Read more
Published 3 months ago by william simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars very strong cd
this is a great piece of music though an acquired taste for some I am sure. Good value for monry
Published 8 months ago by J. R. Miles
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing Christmas present to myself
I heard a track from an Eric Whitacre CD on Classic FM and loved it. So I went on to Amazon and wanted to buy a CD for myself - a Christmas treat. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Irene BT
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this guy better known?
Outstanding. When David Heard is sad and not for the fient hearted. I hope he can keep wrting like this.
Published 9 months ago by Odard
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Whitacre CD
This item was purchased for my mother and I can confirm that the CD is excellen, arrived in good time and in good quality
Published 13 months ago by MISS FRANCES EDEN
5.0 out of 5 stars What a composer !
This man's work takes my breath away. A master at what he does. Listening to his music will take you right away from this fast flowing life we live, or a while. Buy it !
Published 20 months ago by susan barnard
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy
I bought this as a present for my parents. I've asked for feedback and they said that the CD is very nice, easy and enjoyable to listen to. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Brett84Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Spheric voices and musical landscape
In early Frebruary 2012, during a singalong with Eric Whitacre in Hamburg, I was lucky to hear "Aleluia" live, sung by the NDR-choir, before it was released. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2012 by christine bietz
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridging choral and orchestral
Eric Whitacre is well known and well renowned for his choral music but probably less known for orchestral works. Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by Mathias Pettersson
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