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Eric Whitacre's Cover of 'Man of Constant Sorrow' will blow your mind

Eric WhitacreMPR photo/Nate Ryan

March 20, 2015

At the 2014 iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse in London, Eric Whitacre, Marius Beck and The Eric Whitacre Singers partnered up for some amazing music-making.

One of their collaborations is this cover arrangement of "Man of Constant Sorrow", written by Richard Burnett and popularized by the film 'O Brother Where Art Thou?'. Eric was kind enough to offer this video as a YourClassical exclusive. This album comes out on Monday and is available via iTunes preorder.

Watching Eric conduct at 1:23 into the song gave me chills … I could feel his visceral passion for the text and the music.

If you want to compare this version to the song from the movie, check out this video below.