Morten Luridsen, Eric Whitacre, Arvo Part
Eric Whitacre’s dedication to the beauty of sound, paired with exquisite texts, results in a poetic combination that creates a unique sonic experience.
These works are existential choral moments, beautifully crafted, and harmonised to express a compressed moment in time. Such sublime sonorities transcend descriptions such as ‘warm’, ‘glistening’ or ‘shimmering’, although these features of his choral works do suggest affinities with the sound worlds of Arvo Pärt or John Tavener, for instance.
However, Whitacre’s fluid lines and blossoming harmonies give his music its own highly personal and irresistible magic.
“The only fully professional church choir in Canada, and, clearly, an energetic and inspiring team.” BBC Music Magazine.
“…it's the purity of the Canadian Elora Festival Singers' sound that strikes the ear here. In Dopo la vittoria… the climax… has a radiance and a wonderful sense of gradual repose that is well worth waiting for.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006.
“It would be difficult today to be a choral singer and not be familiar with at least one or two works by American composer Morten Lauridsen, whose sumptuously mellifluous creations are beloved by choirs for their eminently singable lines and vibrant harmonic structures that tend to envelop the whole ensemble in soul-satisfying resonance. Audiences love it too, for the varied visceral and emotional effects that flow from music that can warmly, gently caress or fill even the largest space with a crescendo of shimmering sound.” Classics Today