Customer Reviews for: Water Night / Eric Whitacre

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 Too Much Hype: Very Disappointing May 19, 2012
By Stephen J H. (Edina, MN) -- See All My Reviews
Eric Whitacre is the self-proclaimed golden boy of American choral music. Now he has abandoned his own country's musicians and moved to Great Britain. No one can find fault with that, since one of the best recordings of Whitacre's music comes from the British group, Polyphony. But this recording is disappointing to the point of being infuriating. Whitacre's own tempos on such pieces as "When David Heard" are so slow that the drama of the piece is destroyed. A rather fine choral group, the Eric Whitacre Singers, are pushed to their limits by his tempos, and end up sounding dull and uninvolved. Whitacre has fallen into the trap of recreating his own sound in the composition of each new pieces, and the results are simply dull rewrites of previous pieces. The only nice piece on the recording is the orchestral version of "Water Night." This piece actually sounds better without the voices. Don't bother with this disc. Report Abuse

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