Timothy Murphy

Bass Baritone

Water Night – The Eric Whitacre Singers

Water Night – The Eric Whitacre Singers

Eric Whitacre follows the Grammy-winning success of his debut Decca album, Light & Gold, with Water Night, a brand new album that features no less than seven World Premiere Recordings. Light and Gold was awarded ‘Best Choral Performance’ in February 2012 at the 54th Grammy Awards for Whitacre’s first recording as both composer and conductor. This second disc for Decca juxtaposes music written as a young composer alongside brand new repertoire, both choral and orchestral, displaying the different influences and styles of Whitacre. The Eric Whitacre Singers positively shimmer on these world premiere recordings of “Alleluia” and “Oculi Omnium”, two of the brand new works alongside one of the greats of his oeuvre, “Her Sacred Spirit Soars”. “Equus” is played by the full forces of the London Symphony Orchestra. By way of contrast, “The River Cam” is a beautiful, pastoral piece that demonstrates Nevada-born Whitacre’s absorption of the works of Elgar and Vaughan Williams during his time in the UK as a visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. It was written at the invitation of the distinguished cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber, to mark his 60th birthday in 2011, who also gives the performance here. An unexpected gem of the album is a setting of Goodnight Moon, the multi-million selling American children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown (Harper Collins). Written for soprano and strings, this tender piece is performed by Hila Plitmann, a Grammy-winning artist with great commitment to contemporary music. The title track, “Water Night”, is one of Eric Whitacre’s most performed works, heard on this album performed by the strings of the London Symphony Orchestra. This, Eric’s second album as composer and conductor, made its debut at #1 in the US iTunes and Billboard Classical Charts. For more information, please visit Eric Whitacre’s...

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In the Dark – Platinum Consort

In the Dark – Platinum Consort

The Holy Week liturgies have provoked some of the most potent and emotional compositions of all time. In The Dark presents “some of the most powerful and poignant choral music to come from the western world”,  including James MacMillan’s stunning Miserere and specially commissioned works by Richard Bates, Platinum’s composer in residence. These contemporary works are juxtaposed – yet inextricably linked – with choral music by Lassus, Victoria, Purcell and Lotti. The title work, Bates’ In The Dark, encapsulates the poignancy of Holy Week, with a new setting of the Tudor poem You that have spent the silent night by George Gascoigne (1525-1577). Straight in at #13 in the Specialist Classical Chart. In The Dark reached #6 in the UK iTunes and Amazon Classical Charts, and also featured in the US chart. For more information, please visit Platinum’s...

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