The Horn Book has reviewed “Sleep”, the illustrated childrens book resulting from the most recent collaboration between Eric, Charles Anthony Silvestri and Anne Horjus. Liza Cortwright writes “[m]y favorite thing about Sleep is the many ways it can be enjoyed: the poetry is accessible but beautiful, the illustrations offer a complex story of their own, and the… continued
“From modest beginnings the music unfurls to become ever more complex, rich and rewarding. Another hit from the charismatic Mr Whitacre.” ‘Sainte Chapelle’ review, Stephen Pritchard in the Observer (UK)
“This Whitacre piece, inspired by a Parisian chapel, was written for the Tallis Scholars’ 40th anniversary, and is stunningly effective. Available on iTunes just days after its premiere, this is modern technology at its finest.” ***** Sainte Chapelle 5 star Review, Terry Blain in BBC Music Mag (UK)
Water Night – 5 Star Recording Reviewer, Terry Blain in BBC Music Mag
“I have no doubt that Water Night will enjoy the same kind of success that Light & Gold did, and it certainly deserves attention,” says John Puccio of Classical Candor. “Whitacre strikes a central chord in listeners’ hearts; his music is spiritually uplifting in the manner of Arvo Part’s, with inspiring messages of hope and… continued
“This is beyond self-recommending for Whitacre fans. But if you are a latecomer to the party, this is a good place to jump in. After all, 83,000+ Facebook likes on the Whitacre page couldn’t be wrong.” Read the full review on the Ariama website.
“The textures in every track are so personal, the quiet passages so intimate, and the silences so profound, that it’s as if we’ve been invited into Whitacre’s inner sanctum.” Read the full review on the Stereophile website.
Charlotte Gardner says of the performance: “In a word, faultless [...] it’s all spot on: tuning, vocal blend, articulation of text, or shaping and coloring of phrases.” “Behold, some of the UK’s most gifted ensembles perfectly matched in vocal style to Whitacre’s captivating music. Go forth and purchase.” Read the full review in continued
Tim Pfaff’s writes of Light and Gold: “If you have to ask yourself whether music that sounds, and feels, this good could actually be that good, you need this music very, very badly” Read the full review on The Bay Area Reporter
Ronnie Reich writes “Whitacre’s melodic gifts and ability to mine choruses for varied textures and effects are the real deal.” The full review can be found in the NJ Star Ledger December 2010.