Lauridsen - Choral Works

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Lauridsen - Choral Works



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28th Sept 2009




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Lauridsen - Choral Works


O Nata Lux

Madrigali - Six ‘Fire Songs' on Italian Renaissance Poems

Les chansons des roses

Leslie De’Ath (piano)

Mid-Winter Songs

Leslie De’Ath (piano)

O magnum mysterium


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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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