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Eric Whitacre’s formidable stature as a composer reached an even higher plateau with the success of his GRAMMY®-winning Light & Gold. His innovative approach to choral music is given full expression in this suite of original works, blending previously recorded compositions with new pieces. Recorded at London’s St. Silas Church in August 2010, the album features The Eric Whitacre Singers as well as the British choirs Laudibus and The King’s Singers. “Lux Aurmuque” opens the program on a buoyant, deeply spiritual note that pervades the album overall. A string quartet setting adds to the luster of “Five Hebrew Love Songs,” a series of brief, tender pieces featuring lyrics by Whitacre’s wife, Hila Plitmann. “The Seal Lullaby” (a wistfully beautiful setting for a Rudyard Kipling poem) and “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine” (an expansive, melodically rich work that invokes Da Vinci’s visionary genius) provide the album with an uplifting thematic core. The dark lamentations of “The Stolen Child,” the ethereal reflections of “Water Night,” and the final benediction of “Sleep” carry the program to a transcendent finale.

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Incredible singing but the mix sounds terrible

I think Eric Whitacre and his singers have done some inspiring work in this album, but I can't get past the poor mastering of the tracks. They sound overly-processed; I hear a constant quaver in the sound, like there's a compressor or a noise gate turned up too high. It's very distracting from the gorgeous singing and superb musicality happening. Strangely enough, this quaver isn't present in the live streaming of this album linked on his website. Ultimately, fantastic singing, but I'm disappointed with the mix.

Pure Genius

Eric Whitacre never fails to inspire with every composition. Whether with the innocent intimacy of "Seal Lullaby", the grandeur and beauty of "Sleep", or the haunting and enchanting dissonance of my favorite- "Water Night". One can so easily be taken to a new land in "Five Hebrew Love Songs" or swept into the mind and adventure of Leonardo in "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine". And at last, a recording of "Nox Arumque" to couple with Whitacre's unforgettable "Lux Arumque". Finally these in one place, sung by a choir of his choosing- in the way he intended them to be.
I'll always remember the first time I heard a Whitacre piece- the colors and emotions it brought to the imagination were staggering. So buy the album! And just close your eyes, open your mind, and be ready to get swept into a timeless world of beauty.
Well done, Mr. Whitacre.

Douglas High school baby!!

I keep wondering how a guy from gardnerville nevada makes music that sounds like this? i remember walking through the halls with eric in high school and its hard to imagine him composing music!! kudos to you eric and keep doing your thing!!

Biography

Genre: Classical

Eric Whitacre is an American composer best known for his choral music. He has also written a large number of wind band compositions and some electronic music. In addition, he has composed works for orchestra and an opera, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings. His style is quite approachable and features trademark chords (sevenths and ninths, sometimes heard against a background of sustained seconds and fourths), unexpected chord progressions, aleatoric elements, finger snapping by choral singers, and...
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Light & Gold, Eric Whitacre
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Oct 18, 2010

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