Monday 18 March 2013

Tallis Scholars release Whitacre commission as digital download

Eric Whitacre - Sainte-Chapelle - Tallis Scholars, Peter Philips
For their 40th anniversary concert on 7 March 2013 at St. Paul's Cathedral, London (see my review on this blog), the Tallis Scholars, director Peter Phillips, commissioned a new work from Eric Whitacre. Whitacre's atmospheric new work, Sainte-Chapelle, sets a modern Latin text by his regular collaborator Charles Antony Silvestri and to complement the premiere it has been recorded by the choir and issued as a digital download. It is the Tallis Scholars first recording of a living composer since their work with John Tavener in 1984. 

You can hear Eric Whitacre talking about Sainte-Chapelle on YouTube. The recording of Sainte-Chapelle was made in the chapel of Merton College, Oxford. It lasts 8'37 and can be downloaded from iTunes.

The concert on 7 March launched the Tallis Scholars extensive 40th anniversary tour to USA, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, and Whitacre's Sainte-Chapelle features in the programmes for these concerts. Their exact anniversary in the autumn will be marked by a special concert at Canterbury Cathedral.

Further information on the Tallis Scholars recordings from the Gimmell website.

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