Whitbourn - Luminosity

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Whitbourn - Luminosity



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1st Feb 2010




67 minutes


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Magnificat (Collegium regale)

Nunc Dimittis (Collegium regale)

Alleluia jubilate

A Prayer of Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu (speaker)

He carried me away in the spirit

Pure river of water of life

Eternal Rest

Of one that is so fair and bright

There is no speech or language


Christopher Gillett (tenor), Levine Andrade (viola), Henry Parkes (organ), Andrew Ker (percussion) & Steffan Jones (percussion & tanpura)

Commotio, Matthew Berry


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Best known for his inspired Son of God Mass for saxophone, choir and organ, the British composer, conductor and writer James Whitbourn is admired for his fresh, distinctive yet accessible compositional voice.

Setting texts from ancient seers to the modern luminary Desmond Tutu (who himself features on the disc), the works on his new recording reflect the breadth of the composer’s achievement, from the monumental Magnificat written for King’s College Cambridge, to the Classical Indian fusion work Luminosity – a rare choral work composed for dance.

They are performed by Commotio, an Oxford-based chamber choir which specialises in contemporary choral repertoire.

“A highly impressive [CD] debut ... The choir has ...masterly technical control and precision of pitching, and a pleasing uniformity of tone across its full dynamic range. One of its most impressive attributes, however, is the extraordinary clarity of its diction.” International Record Review on a previous disc

"The choir has … a reputation for the quality of its performances, which invariably combine vocal purity, technical expertise and a deep sense of commitment." Classical Music, December 2005

James Whitbourn: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, "Collegium Regale"


Nunc Dimittis

James Whitbourn: Alleluia jubilate

Alleluia jubilate

James Whitbourn: A Prayer of Desmond Tutu

A Prayer of Desmond Tutu

James Whitbourn: He carried me away in the spirit

He carried me away in the spirit

James Whitbourn: Pure river of water of life

Pure river of water of life

James Whitbourn: Eternal Rest

Eternal Rest

James Whitbourn: Of one that is so fair and bright

Of one that is so fair and bright

James Whitbourn: Annelies

Annelies: There is no speech or language

James Whitbourn: Luminosity

I. Lux in tenebris

II. The Changing Scenes

III. Silence

IV. The Living Thing

V. Castle of Diamonds

VI. Ask the Beauty

VII. All Shall be Well

The Observer

14th March 2010

“Luminosity...glows with hypnotic brilliance, fusing powerful vocal writing with seductive eastern influences, while his Evening Canticles for King's and his setting of a prayer by Desmond Tutu illustrate the boundless breadth of Whitbourn's choral imagination.”

BBC Music Magazine

May 2010


“The music itself proves striking enough in this glowingly committed performance by the Oxford chamber choir Commotio...superbly sympathetic.”

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