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Morten Lauridsen is America’s pre-eminent composer of choral music. Characterized by long, arching and highly expressive lines, his works are enjoyed by performers and audiences worldwide.
O nata lux, perhaps Lauridsen’s most popular work, is a serene evocation of heavenly light, while the searingly intense and technically demanding Madrigali inhabit a more feverish and earthy realm.
The refined Les Chansons des Roses employ a design reminiscent of the formal gardens, filled with roses, found in the grounds of the great French châteaux. The unforgettable final movement is the now-famous ‘Dirait-on.’ The Mid-Winter Songs for chorus and piano are a stunning example of compositional virtuosity.
O magnum mysterium, for a cappella chorus, is a setting of a Christmas text that has inspired composers from Victoria to Poulenc.
“It would be difficult today to be a choral singer and not be familiar with at least one or two works by American composer Morten Lauridsen, whose sumptuously mellifluous creations are beloved by choirs for their eminently singable lines and vibrant harmonic structures that tend to envelop the whole ensemble in soul-satisfying resonance. Audiences love it too, for the varied visceral and emotional effects that flow from music that can warmly, gently caress or fill even the largest space with a crescendo of shimmering sound.” Classics Today
Morten Lauridsen: Lux aeterna
Lux Aeterna: O nata lux
Morten Lauridsen: Madrigali
No. 1. Ov'e, lass', il bel viso?
No. 2. Quando son piu lontan
No. 3. Amor, lo sento l'alma
No. 4. Io piango, che 'l dolore
No. 5. Luci serene e chiare
No. 6. Se per havervi, oime, donato il core
Morten Lauridsen: Les Chansons des roses
No. 1. En une seule fleur
No. 2. Contre qui, rose
No. 3. De ton reve trop plein
No. 4. La Rose Complete. No. 5. Dirait-on
Morten Lauridsen: Mid-Winter Songs
No. 1. Lament for Pasiphae
No. 2. Like snow
No. 3. She tells her love while half asleep
No. 4. Mid-winter waking
No. 5. Intercession in late October
Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
O magnum mysterium
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