I am envious about that concert, Chris!
Originally Posted by Chris Newman
When I saw the VBC, some time in the 90s I think, I'm sure they didn't jig about except in the little opera they performed, which I think was by Mozart. They sang rather flat some of the time in the church music pieces, but VERY LOUDLY. My ears rang for some time afterwards.
I was jigging around enough in last Saturday's concert to bash the shoulder of one of the sopranos in front of me but that was only because I was trying to keep in time.
I take it you were the conductor then.
Originally Posted by Eine Alpensinfonie
This is a favorite of mine, but I have not a clue as to who the choir may be as Virgin did not label who the voices are .. ..
Otto Nicolai: Christmas Overture
Bamberg Symphony / Karl Anton Rickenbacher
Have finally caught up with the TV final on iPlayer having heard an excerpt on radio on The Choir.
The Wellensian Consort were worthy winners. They had that "shimmering" quality identified by one of the judges, choral composer Eric Whitacre.
Have been listening a lot to Whitacre lately, both the Polyphony Cloudburst CD on Hyperion (which features Elin Manahan Thomas, another of the judges - coincidentally?) and the latest Decca offering Light and Gold with Whitacre conducting his own ensemble.
There is quite a lot of shared material between the two discs and this makes for some fascinating comparisons. On the e.e. cummings setting "i thank thee god" on the Decca disc Whitacre has gone back to his simpler, original setting of the end of the text, and, according to his sleeve notes seems to have disowned the published version, as recorded by Polyphony.
The performances on both discs are outstanding but, on balance, the Hyperion disc is the more satisfying. The Decca contains too much lighter, less consequential music for me and, with its packaging emphasis on Mr. Whitacre's blond good looks, seems more designed for the Classic FM brigade.
I don't have the Elora Naxos disc also conducted by the composer as that would be duplication excessive even by my standards, but I would love to hear it.
Anyone have any thoughts on Whitacre or the COTY competition judges?
Last edited by rubbernecker; 08-12-10 at 14:53.
Reason: typos, add Naxos