Grace Davidson: soprano, Stephen Kennedy: baritone, Hila Plitmann: spoken hebrew, Christopher Glynn: piano, The Eric Whitacre Singers, Laudibus, The King’s Singers, Pavão Quartet, Eric Whitacre
Whitacre: Lux aurumque / Five Hebrew Love Songs / The Seal Lullaby / A Boy and a Girl / Sleep / Nox Aurumque / Water Night / The Stolen Child / Three Songs of Faith / Leonardo dreams of his flying machine
Gramophone Recording of the Month - December 2010
Eric Whitacre recorded “Light and Gold”, an album replete with his own compositions,
including three World Première recordings.This will be the first time that Whitacre has
both recorded and conducted his own music.
Eric Whitacre has quickly become one of the most popular and performed composers of
his generation. Incredibly for a young classical composer of his stature, he had no formal
training before the age of 18 but his life was transformed when he ‘accidentally’ sang
Mozart’s Requiem as a student. He has since trained at the Juilliard and received a
Grammy nomination for his choral music.
Whitacre is appealing to musicians of all ages not only through his beautifully ethereal
lines but also his innovative forays into the digital world. He recently created a social
media phenomenon with his 'Virtual Choir' in which he assembled 185 singers from
across the globe to perform ‘Lux Aurumque’. The YouTube clip has already attracted
almost a million hits in just two months.