Whitbourn: Annelies - Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan

Whitbourn: Annelies

Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan

  • Genre: Classical
  • Release Date: 2013-01-22
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 14

  • ℗ 2013 Naxos

Tracks

Title Artist Time
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Annelies (Chamber Version): I. Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan 4:33 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): II Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan 3:12 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): II James Jordan, Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio & Westminster Williamson Voices 4:24 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): IV Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan 6:16 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): V. Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan 10:44 USD Album Only
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Annelies (Chamber Version): VI Westminster Williamson Voices, James Jordan, Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman & Lincoln Trio 4:18 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): VI Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices, James Jordan, Bharat Chandra & Arianna Zukerman 3:55 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): VI Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan 4:01 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): IX Westminster Williamson Voices, James Jordan, Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman & Lincoln Trio 3:46 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): X. Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan 4:02 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): XI James Jordan, Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio & Westminster Williamson Voices 3:30 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): XI Westminster Williamson Voices, James Jordan, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio & Bharat Chandra 5:08 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): XI Westminster Williamson Voices, James Jordan, Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman & Lincoln Trio 6:41 USD 0.99
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Annelies (Chamber Version): XI Bharat Chandra, Arianna Zukerman, Lincoln Trio, Westminster Williamson Voices & James Jordan 4:31 USD 0.99

Reviews

  • Where Innocence meets tragedy...

    5
    By CyrilA427
    In a world where innocence and tragedy too often intersect James Whitbourn has expertly taken a moment of history and transformed it into a poignantly beautiful oratorio-esque masterpiece. As the first major choral setting of the original text from the Diary of Anne Frank, ANNELIES takes the listener on the journey so eloquently detailed by this young woman whose words will forever live amidst “fighting below, and the peace and beauty above.” (Anne Frank, Nov. 8, 1942) The Lincoln Trio with Bharat Chandra , clarinet, Arianna Zukerman, soprano, and the Westminster Williamson Voices are led by James Jordan, leading American choral director. At many points during my listening I have been rendered speechless, overwhelmed by the precision execution of music that is not to be tackled by the faint of heart. Jordan, already a master in the choral world, has surely reached a new high by honoring so carefully not only the music but the moments in time tied to this text. No note lacks nuance as you are drawn into the carefully arranged libretto bearing a constant ebb and flow of tension and release. The haunting beauty of the clarinet adds a unique colorful dimension to the string trio. Desirée Ruhstrat, violin, stretches high and low with both intensity and subtlety navigating Whitbourn’s melodies. David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznaoorian, piano, make even the most rich sounds of the score seem effortless. Zuckerman’s stunning sensitivity to this text achieves a combined youthful innocence with matured technique. Westminster Choir College’s Westminster Williamson Voices, founded in 2003, takes on a variety of roles throughout this work from orchestral color, to narrator, to commentator, and as the collective voice of Anne Frank. Many would not expect a college choir to so expertly achieve the range of vocal sounds displayed throughout this work but you are sure to be astonished at the accomplishments made by this group of young men and women. Most notable are the instants of plainchant sung by the whole group of men without flaw, the loud cry of “Let me out, where there’s fresh air and laughter” (Anne Frank October 29, 1943) that Anne Frank herself could not say, and the simple but stunning setting of the prayerful text “Ich danke dir für all das Gute und Liebe und Schöne.” (Anne Frank March 7, 1944) To honor this moment in the history of the world with such grace and beauty is no easy task but this recording transcends time and space by bringing you into the innocent, although tragic, world of Annelies Frank. - Cyril Murphy January 25, 2012 Durham, NC
  • Powerful and Life-changing

    5
    By Musicmannnnn
    This recording is incredible! The exquisite singing and musicianship can be heard in every track of the the record. The Westminster Williamson Voices and the Lincoln Trio were two perfect ensembles for recording this important piece of music. The excellence of these two world class ensembles, along with the spectacular clarinet playing of Bharat Chandra, can be heard throughout the entire CD. Arianna Zukermann, daughter of the famous violinist Pinchas Zukerman has a remarkable voice and sang the role of Anne passionately. The recording of this chamber piece is phenomenal because the collaboration of these artists was under James Jordan's direction. Annelies is a perfect example of James Whitbourne's skill, expertise, and compositional prowess. I highly recommend this album.
  • A brilliantly inspired masterwork.

    5
    By captain_britain
    The composer James Whitbourn, in a recent interview on WWFM, said something along the lines of “The Holocaust isn’t just a piece of Jewish History. It’s a piece of HUMAN history.” Anne Frank’s diary has long held a place on middle and high school reading lists—not out of obligation, but because it DESERVES to. And it deserves this heart-wrenchingly beautiful musical interpretation just as much, if not more. Most choral recordings are edited (or one could say “perfected”) rather intensely in post-production, but this one is a diamond in the rough. Whitbourn himself oversaw and produced the recording, and it pays off in full—we can hear the piece’s inspirations directly, through the performers’ every articulation. This is a recording which revels in its ever-so-slight imperfections… because it wouldn’t be so directly communicative if it didn’t. Please, listen to this recording… and then share it. Because it needs to be heard.
  • A reflection on a society

    5
    By shosh001
    You can feel the purity of her soul. A child who did nothing but be born as a Jew against the harsh anti jewish reality of a German hysteria and a Holland that sold her and her family out.
  • Incredibly moving

    5
    By clj1
    One would be hard-pressed to find a more stiring recording this year. Whitbourn is a highly-accomplished choral composer and this is far and away the most assured work I've heard from him.

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