Eric Whitacre: Light & Gold | Review

I really wanted to take to this. Choral appeals to me, but in a complicated way (my relationship to Gospel is similar): I’m attracted to it conceptually, but find my visceral reaction always rather tepid, which is disappointing when there’s a sort of promise of spiritual uplift (or at least jostling). Granted, this particular work seems more concerned with complexity than spiritual catalyzation, but that’s perhaps a criticism as much as it is a compliment (consider a liquorless cocktail prepared by a master bartender a valid corollary).

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