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News - James Whitbourn's new CD reviewed on NPR
Monday, April 26, 2010
A new disc devoted to the choral music of James Whitbourn has been released by Naxos to critical acclaim. The recording features the Oxford-based chamber choir Commotio conducted by Matthew Berry and presents a portrait of Whitbourn’s choral music and his distinctive yet accessible musical style. The works included range from the monumental Magnificat written for King’s College, Cambridge, to Luminosity, a large-scale work for chorus and instruments which fuses Indian and Western traditions.
Tom Manoff of NPR wrote of the CD:
This album is extraordinary. It expands the experience of classical music beyond the edges of the traditional map of classical styles. The word "luminosity" describes the nature of celestial light, and the music of composer James Whitbourn is a celebration of that light -- peaceful, radiant and clear.
You can listen to excerpts from the album and the full review on NPR's All Things Considered:
click here for full review
Stephen Pritchard of the London Observer wrote the following.
To complete our choral selection this week, here's a dazzling collection of unashamedly tonal new music from James Whitbourn, the extravagantly talented composer, conductor, clinician, writer and – for the past 20 years – producer of the BBC's Carols from King's. Luminosity, his seven-movement celebration of the power of creative love, glows with hypnotic brilliance, fusing powerful vocal writing with seductive eastern influences, while his Evening Canticles for King's and his setting of a prayer by Desmond Tutu (which includes the Archbishop's unmistakeable voice) illustrate the boundless breadth of Whitbourn's choral imagination.
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