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June 4, 2010

Eric Whitacre signs with Decca

The composer-conductor Eric Whitacre has signed an exclusive, long-term recording contract with Decca. One of the most popular and performed composers of his generation, the 40-year-old Minden, Nevada-born Whitacre has been described as “the hottest thing in choral music”. He released his first recording, which was hailed by the American Record Guide as one of the ten best albums of the year, on MCD, in 1997.

Whitacre’s music has been widely recorded by a variety of labels, including Hyperion, Gothic, Harmonia Mundi and Naxos, who have just released a disc of his choral music sung by Canada’s only professional church choir, the Elora Festival Singers, conducted by Noel Edison.

The first release on Decca will be recorded in August and is scheduled for release on October 18. Performed by the newly formed Eric Whitacre Singers, Light and Gold will also mark Whitacre’s conducting debut on disc. Guest artists will include soprano Grace Davidson, the King’s Singers and the Pavao Quartet.

Posted by acapnews at June 4, 2010 11:42 PM

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