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Whitbourn: Annelies (Westminster William Voices, Lincoln Trio) (Naxos: 8573070)

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  • Conductor: James Jordan
  • Composer: James Whitbourn
  • Audio CD (2 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,913 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Annelies (chamber version): I. Introit - Prelude 4:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Annelies (chamber version): II. The capture foretold 3:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Annelies (chamber version): III. The plan to go into hiding 4:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Annelies (chamber version): IV. The last night at home and arrival at the Annexe 6:16£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Annelies (chamber version): V. Life in hiding10:44Album Only
Listen  6. Annelies (chamber version): VI. Courage 4:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Annelies (chamber version): VII. Fear of capture and the second break-in 3:55£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Annelies (Chamber Version): VIII. Kyrie - Sinfonia (Help Us, Rescue Us From This Hell) 4:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Annelies (chamber version): IX. The dream 3:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Annelies (chamber version): X. Devastation of the outside world 4:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Annelies (chamber version): XI. Passing of time 3:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Annelies (chamber version): XII. The hope of liberation and a spring awakening 5:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Annelies (Chamber Version): XIII. The Capture And The Concentration Camp 6:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Annelies (chamber version): XIV. Anne's meditation 4:31£0.89  Buy MP3 

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The first major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank takes the teenager's remarkable and penetrating observations, written whilst hiding in an Amsterdam attic, as the basis of its extraordinary and moving libretto. Whitbourn's music for this work has been described as "woundingly beautiful" (The Daily Telegraph). He reflects sounds of the Westerkerk bells and tunes heard on the radio in the Annexe, along with representations of Anne Frank's Jewish and German heritage, details that add to a score "whose respectful understatement is its greatest strength" (The Times).

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Arianna Zukerman, soprano - Westminster Williamson Voices - The Lincoln Trio - James Jordan, direction

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitbourn: Annelies 12 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
James Whitbourn (b. 1963) is making quite a name for himself as a composer of choral music whose settings so far have largely been of religious texts. Here, however, he has attempted something no-one else has done - a large-scale setting of texts from the Diary of Anne Frank. Originally written for soprano and chorus with orchestral accompaniment, the current version has been adapted for chamber forces (piano trio and clarinet). I have not had the opportunity to hear the work in its original form, but I should not be surprised if this new arrangement takes its place in the repertoire as the definitive version. The intimacy of the chamber forces certainly adds to the atmospheric effect of the piece.

The essential musical ideas are introduced in the Introit-Prelude and developed in the thirteen subsequent sections or movements. These tell variously of Anne's sense of foreboding as she and her family are forced into hiding in Amsterdam, the poignant last night in her own home before arriving in the hideout (the Annexe), the nature of life in hiding, the fear of capture as the Germans go from house to house ferreting out Jews (here there are audible "heartbeats" in the chorus), the capture of Anne and her family, and finally Anne's meditation on all these events. There is a sustained antithesis between the beauty of nature (the blue sky seen through the skylight, for example) which elicits hope, optimism, and even thanksgiving; and the dark, threatening forces of persecution (symbolised by the clouds) - opposing forces which are sensitively treated in Whitbourn's music.

It would be hard to imagine a more moving and effective treatment of this tragic story than "Annelies" (the title is drawn from Anne's full name).
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational Oratorio 8 Jan 2013
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I find it hard to imagine that J.Bingham and I have listened to the same Oratorio. To my mind this music tells with poignant sensitivity the thoughts of the young Jewish girl Annelies whose life has become an enduring symbol of hope in our world. Contrary to J. Bingham I feel the work's strength lies in it's understated nature, showing great restaint which,given the subject matter, is most appropriate.One experiences the harrowing journey of this young girl with every expressive phrase of the score yet Whitbourn also conveys the wonderment,love and passion for life that is the essence of Anne's story.

This is an important work that needs to be heard from an internationally recognised composer. The Westminster Williamson Voices together with The Lincoln Trio and soprano Arianna Zukerman give fine performances.I highly recommend this work which has an honesty, integrity and truth worthy of the young girl who continues to inspire us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 9 Jan 2013
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Before listening to this piece, I found it hard to believe that anything could capture the Diary of Anne Frank in a way that would do it justice, but James Whitbourn's interpretation of this text is breathtaking. The stunning music is made even more emotional by the performers, who play the piece beautifully. A must listen for all music fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant 17 Jan 2013
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I immediately acknowledge that I am no expert. But that does not prevent me from saying that this CD is wonderful. The music is incredibly moving. We all know the story and we have all been moved by it. But Whitbourn's music brings it to life in an extraordinary way. Everyone should buy this CD.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Annelies - James Whitbourn 18 Jan 2013
By Laurie
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James Whitbourn's "Annelies" is a wonderfully poignant piece of music. This recording captures the essence of Anne Frank's tragic story, and is handled with a great sensitivity by all the musicians and artists involved.
Soprano, Arianna Zukerman manages to portray the fragility, but also the enormous strength of Anne Frank with her warm, bright tone. The use of the melody from "It's a long way to Tipperary" seemed a little disjointed from the rest of the piece in terms of style, but having said that it is a clever technique used by Whitbourn to show that no-one was immune from the effects of war.
The Westminster Williamson Voices evokes a wonderful atmosphere when they are singing and demonstrate a great versatility in their ability to sing with such blended and rounded tone, but they are still able to transfer this to the more frantic pieces, where a "colder" more "jagged" sound is required, this shows the skill of both the choir and their conductor, conducted here by James Jordan. The use of only a few instruments is very effective in making the piece feel more intimate than it might otherwise have done had the composer used a full orchestra, which Whitbourn did in an earlier version of the piece.
The music is played with a great sensitivity by violinist Desiree Ruhstrat, cellist David Cunliffe, and pianist Marta Aznavoorian, who, together make up The Lincoln Trio. Their music was some of the most heart-breakingly beautiful in the whole piece.
Clarinetist Bharat Chandra played wonderfully and added another dimension to the piece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sensitive performance
How wonderfull that a text from the diary could be set to music so sensitively, the playing first class and the soloist wonderfull ,
Published 17 months ago by Mr. J. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Annelies - the Diary of Anne Frank
This is a splendid performance of a piece of contemporary Choral Music, in a musical language accessible to all listeners, which deals with the tragic World War 2 story of Anne... Read more
Published 19 months ago by JGArmstrong
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely - but more Schindler's List than Quartet for the End of Time
This new cantata is very much not what I expected from a musical setting of the diary of Anne Frank. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
This score, and these performances, will surely stand he test of time. I was not convinced that any composer - even Whitbourn - could capture both the despair and hope, the evil... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Scotch
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediate but enduring beauty and tragedy
I am an enthusiastic, but only moderately knowledgeable general listener - not a professional.

But this is music which seems to me to have been written for people like... Read more
Published 20 months ago by rf
2.0 out of 5 stars Whitbourn: Annelies
Those familiar with the music of James Whitbourn will need little encouragement from a review to buy this CD. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. D. P. Wells
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Unremarkable
Was really excited to listen to an oratorio on the diary of Anne Frank, particular from the voice of a composer I had never come across before. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JBingham
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