“The highlight of the afternoon was Whitacre’s breakthrough choral piece Cloudburst, sung here by the combined forces of the BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus and conducted from memory by Whitacre, spotlit in the centre of the stage. Written when he was only 21, it sets a text adapted from Octavio Paz about rain coming to a… continued
“The highlight of this concert was the premiere of ‘Deep Field’ for which we were required to download an interactive app. Deep Field is inspired by the first images produced by the Hubble Telescope, infinite galaxies containing billions of planets millions of light years away.
To evoke this – where space… continued
“The quality of the music-making, the ambiance and the involvement of the audience waves a particular flag for the future of contemporary music in many people’s eyes.” **** review, Bachtrack
‘there was a lot of terrific music, much of it quite absorbing, bouncing about in mood from soothing to stimulating, sad to silly. And the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Chorale did exceptional things with all of it.’
Rob Hubbard for the Twin Cities Pioneer Press
‘an especially intriguing and rewarding concert’
‘At intermission, an audience member said, “This is what all concerts here should be: interesting new music.”’
Michael Anthony for the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Following Eric’s performance with the Eric Whitacre Singers in Koblenz, Germany on 13th July, SWR TV featured footage from the rehearsal and concert as part of their weekly Sunday night news.
You can watch the broadcast on the SWR website.
The relevant clip is “Landesschau aktuell – 19:45 -Landesschau aktuell Rheinland-Pfalz… continued
“The last pieces on the program were more rarely heard gems: Whitacre’s miniature cello concerto,The River Cam (played with heft and heart-strumming delivery by Anthony Ross), and two selections from Whitacre’s choral work in-progress, Songs of Immortality. These last two selections, loaded with intense emotion and the special vibrancy of new works, showed deeper aspects of the… continued
“Whitacre demonstrated that his gifts for the voice could translate well to the sound of a string orchestra: An arrangement of his breakthrough 1995 choral work, “Water Night,” was hypnotic, while his cello concerto, “The River Cam” (commissioned by cellist Julian Lloyd Webber), was made powerful by the deeply emotional performance of cellist Anthony Ross,… continued
“Davidson’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’s ‘Hurt’, made popular by Johnny Cash, was particularly astounding. It ranged from delicate to breathtakingly fierce, leaving the audience dumb struck.”
Read the full article on the Islington Now website.
“The atmospheric grandeur of the Union Chapel’s Victorian-gothic congregation hall was the most befitting setting for the unusual, and very beautiful, choral harmonies of the Eric Whitacre Singers on Monday night.”
Read the full article on The Upcoming’s website.
“the talents of his singers, applied to these intricately crafted arrangements, and delivered in the acoustic deliciousness of the Union Chapel, left us open-mouthed”
Read the full review on the PSN website.
“This was a beautiful, witty, engaging performance and I am sure there will be many audience members keen to see Eric Whitacre return to again share his unique talents.”