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Whitbourn: Annelies (Westminster William Voices, Lincoln Trio) (Naxos: 8573070)
Whitbourn: Annelies (Westminster William Voices, Lincoln Trio) (Naxos: 8573070)
Offered by Naxos Direct UK
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.


Whitbourn: Living Voices (Son Of God Mass/ Requiem Canticorum)
Whitbourn: Living Voices (Son Of God Mass/ Requiem Canticorum)
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Price: £4.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Music, 1 Sept. 2011
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This is a very moving work both in text and music. James Whitbourn is masterful in his sensitive interpretation and deep appreciation of the beauty of the poetry, and consequently his inspirational music is both powerful and thoughtful. Through these settings he explores the spiritual essence of our being; through life, death and beyond. The hauntingly beautiful melodies illuminate the emotions of love, grief, joy and hope of which the texts speak. The soprano saxophone with organ is a wonderfully inspired combination and provides a thread which further links the pieces. The excellent choir of Westminster Williamson Voices makes this a fine choral work and a joy to listen to again and again.


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