Episode #2597

Eric Whitacre's Cloudburst

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Friday, January 04, 2008

For this edition of New Sounds, the young American composer Eric Whitacre joins host John Schaefer to present music from his record “Cloudburst.” His recorded music output so far is mostly dazzling unaccompanied vocal writing, where Whitacre’s original compositional voice is immediately obvious, in that he’s assimilated everything from prog rock to Mozart and Copland. He’s going for a heart-melting mix of expressively beautiful sound, where lush and shimmering moments give way to elegant and satisfying dramatic conclusions. Plus, music by Arvo Part.

PROGRAM # 2597, with Eric Whitacre (First aired on Tues. 10/24/06)





Eric Whitacre


Go, Lovely Rose [4:00]
Sleep [5:30]
Cloudburst [8:30]
This Marriage [3:00]
Lux Aurumque [4:00]
hope, faith, life, love [4:00]

Hyperion #67543

Arvo Part

Da Pacem

Da Pacem Domine [6:00]

Harmonia Mundi 907401 ***

Comments [4]

Elliot Joffe from Wellington Florida

I am a member of the Wellington Wolverine High School Music Department, our All district band uses the "Cloud Burst" movement as an audition/performance peice. I would like to just say that not only is your review of the song well done, The Movement itself just utterly amazes me, I love the creativity in the writing, and the pure emotion in the music.

Mar. 07 2008 11:03 PM
Sal from New York

Yes, and next month they'll be doing an all-Austrian program and premiering two pieces. They'll be joined by the Newark Boys Chorus School on that program. Check it out at

Feb. 23 2008 11:03 AM

Monday night, actually (the 7th)... Schola Cantorum on Hudson is performing at St. Malachy's Church (49th b. Broadway and 8th Avenue) at 7:30 pm. for more information.

Jan. 05 2008 08:55 AM
Mickey from 10024

Those choral compositions and performances were rich and excellent. Does any one know of any upcoming choral concerts of this caliber coming up in Manhattan?

Jan. 04 2008 11:18 PM

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