Eric Whitacre’s Water Night on Society of Sound in stunning studio-quality

Eric Whitacre’s new album, Water Night, is now available in stunning 24-bit/96kHz studio-quality via Society of Sound.

In this exclusive interview, Whitacre discusses how he achieved the incredibly natural sound behind his most recent recording and why he chose to make it available to Society of Sound members:

“The advantages of hearing this album at such a high sample rate is that you capture the nuances…and for me as a composer the nuances happen in the small parts, they happen more in the silences then they do in the music itself.

When I hear it at 96kHz, suddenly it’s like I’m standing on the podium again”

The album is available as 24-bit/96khz FLAC as well as 16-bit ALAC which is compatible with iPods. Eric Whitacre also explains the benefits of offering this quality of recording:

“members get the chance to hear the audio exactly the way I’d hoped it would be…99.9% of the recording should happen in the room at the time.”

Members can also download Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Symphony in Three Movements from Stravinsky from LSO Live and conducted by Valery Gergiev.

This is a particularly interesting pairing; these two works were written at around the same time while both composers had found sanctuarly from World War II in America.

Though very different in conception, they provide a snapshot of how their creativity continued to flourish in the New World.


  • Gary McN says:

    I have listened to this recording several times now and some of it is absolutely lovely and then some of it confuses me. As a full member of the Society of Sound service I am often confused by some of the contemporary music choices, but as everyone has different tastes and the collection is curated I have to take the rough with the smooth but this one was a real gem.

  • JC says:

    I sincerely enjoyed this compilation and I enjoyed it that much more with the stunning recording quality. I am frequently disappointed with the sonic quality of music available these days. I am grateful for the Society of Sound and have been enjoying my membership since the day I signed up. I look forward to much more! Thank you!

  • Dianna Tannas says:

    All the music from you I can not get it to play on iTunes so it is just a waste of my money!

  • Bowers and Wilkins says:

    Dear Dianna,

    All the albums we offer comes in three formats including 16-bit ALAC (Apple lossless) which is fully compatible with iTunes. For more information on our formats:

    I hope this helps.
    Kind regards

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