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

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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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James Whitbourn does achieve many striking moments....[the music] is hauntingly effective... the performance is well prepared and palpably committed, as befits a premiere recording. --Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine February 2013

The greatest accomplishment here is that James Whitbourn has created some music of great beauty, without trespassing into the world of the cloying. Not only does that release one to listen to the work's oases of soaring melody... with impunity but leaves the integrity of such an important piece of literature, and history, intact. --Caroline Gill, Gramophone, February 2013
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