Whitbourn: Luminosity / Gillett, Andrade, Berry, Commotio

Release Date: 2/23/2010
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8572103
Composer: James Whitbourn
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Light—life-enabling, life-enhancing. Something fundamental, universal in our life. Images evoking it abound in language, and virtually all the authors of the texts set here deal with or refer to it in one way or another, from ancient seers to the modern luminary Desmond Tutu.

There are of course many different kinds of light, but on its own the single word evokes something bright, pure, clear. These are words which can equally well be applied to James Whitbourn’s music. His writing is simple and straightforward (especially harmonically), and not outwardly virtuosic; his use of texture (often under-appreciated as a musical value) is also simple, but beguiling. The choir often sings homophonically (all voice parts moving in the same rhythm, as in a hymn), which implies a clarity of communication. But with a few sure strokes—the addition of a single element, such as the solo voice in the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, and A Prayer of Desmond Tutu, or the use of percussion in the same works, or the tanpura and the cunningly Eastern-sounding viola in Luminosity, he can simultaneously evoke different, non-Western traditions, and thereby multiply the allusions.

-- Bernard Robertson
Works on This Recording
1. Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis "Collegium Regale" by James Whitbourn
Performer: Henry Parkes (Organ), Christopher Gillett (Tenor)
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
Period: 20th Century
2. Alleluia jubilate by James Whitbourn
Performer: Henry Parkes (Organ)
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
Period: 20th Century
3. A Prayer of Desmond Tutu by James Whitbourn
Performer: Desmond Tutu (Narrator)
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
Period: 20th Century
4. He carried me away in the spirit by James Whitbourn
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
Period: 20th Century
5. Pure river of water of life by James Whitbourn
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
Period: 20th Century
6. Eternal Rest by James Whitbourn
Performer: Henry Parkes (Organ)
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
Period: 20th Century
7. Of one that is so fair and bright by James Whitbourn
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1992 ; England
8. Annelies "There is no speech or language" by James Whitbourn
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
Period: 20th Century
9. Luminosity by James Whitbourn
Performer: Steffan Jones (Tanpura), Henry Parkes (Organ), Levine Andrade (Viola), Andrew Ker (Marimba)
Conductor: Matthew Berry
Orchestra/Ensemble: Commotio
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