Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Decca to Release All-New Recording of Eric Whitacre’s Choral Music with Whitacre Conducting for the First Time on Recording

Album Includes Three World-Premiere Recordings and Guest Appearances by the King’s Singers and Other Artists

In May 2010, Eric Whitacre joined a handful of composers to have secured an exclusive, long-term recording contract with a major label when he agreed to a global deal with Decca. Whitacre recorded his debut Decca album Light & Gold in London at the beginning of August with a choral group including the Eric Whitacre Singers and Laudibus (“It truly feels like driving a Ferrari” Whitacre said of working with the choir of elite professional choral singers). The album, to be released on October 19th, includes some of Whitacre’s best-loved choral works as well as three world-premiere recordings. This will be the first time Whitacre has both recorded and conducted his own music.

The Five Hebrew Love Songs will feature the excellent Pavao Quartet, and The Stolen Child will feature the incomparable King’s Singers. All of the soprano solos will be sung by Grace Davidson.

Whitacre, a charismatic Californian, is already a well-known name in choirs across the world, admired for his beautifully paced and richly harmonized works. He has also become a powerful spokesperson for music, having followed in the footsteps of Bill Gates and President Obama as guest speaker at the TED conference. His unique combination of accessibility and musical integrity are appreciated by an eclectic fanbase. Here is someone who is truly bridging the gap between the traditional concert hall and the 21st Century virtual world.

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