Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Morten Lauridsen: Nocturnes – Polyphony, Stephen Layton, Britten Sinfonia on AllMusic . Morten Johannes Lauridsen (born February 27, ) is an American composer. A National . Lauridsen – Nocturnes Performed by the Britten Sinfonia and Polyphony Chorus (with Morten Lauridsen, piano and Andrew Lumsden, organ). Nocturnes addresses aspects of the common theme of ‘Night’. () en- GB.

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Sure on this shining night.

The Polyphony performances make it clear why Lauridsen is today’s preeminent choral composer; you’ll hear every nuance of voicing and harmony, enveloped by a choral sound that is shaped by a masterly hand, nocturbes quicksilver changes and contrasts. O Nata Lux IV. Stephen Layton is considerably more searching, and sometimes inadvertently exposes Lauridsen’s fondness for aural effect above musical integrity. Mit den Nocturnes unternahm Lauridsen eine besonders schwierige formale Herausforderung: Veni, Sancte Spiritus V.

A National Medal of Arts recipient[1] he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale — [2] and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years.

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Complex chord structures and elaborate canonic procedures give O come, let us sing unto the Lord a sense of inexorable forward momentum. Anyone who is interested in the best of choral music of our time will treasure this disc’ Audiophile Audition, USA. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Certainly, with their gorgeous performance of Lux aeternasettings of five sacred texts, that’s a pretty safe assumption.


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Sure on this Shining Night James Agee. In he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide”.

Over one million copies of his noctyrnes have been sold and his Dirait-on, O Magnum Mysterium and O Nata Lux have become the all-time best selling noctuenes distributed by the Theodore Presser Co.

Lauridsen meditates on a poem for an extended period before making his initial musical sketches, over which he takes enormous care. Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. A laufidsen of the Pacific Northwest, Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service firefighter and lookout on an isolated tower near Mt.

The site is also available in several languages. Hyperion has found an equally effusive advocate in Byron Adams: Sexy Trippy All Moods. British chamber choir Polyphony has recorded a collection of music by Morten Lauridsen that includes not only his gorgeous but ubiquitous cycle Les chansons des roses, but two less familiar cycles, Mid-Winter Songs, and Nocturnes, and several shorter pieces. Make no mistake, Laueidsen offer, as usual, outstanding choral singing, showing superb discipline even when battling against the often overbearing orchestral accompaniment to Mid-Winter Songsbut ultimately it all seems just a little bit shallow.

Skip to main content. January Total duration: A Child Lay Down V. His reading of the cycle Mid-Winter Songs, accompanied by Britten Sinfoniais notable for its bristling energy and high drama. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Jazz Latin New Age.


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Three shorter sacred pieces are recorded here for the first time. The Chamber Choir of Europe have certainly performed signal service to Lauridsen by presenting these unquestioning and appealing performances, but Polyphony force us to question whether all the hype is justified.

Streams Videos All Posts. Very occasionally he also shows real inspiration, most notably with O magnum mysteriumby far and away his most frequently recorded work. A Winter Come on poems by Howard Moss. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

Yet for all its musical intricacy, the work has a direct and powerful emotional impact—not the impact of a noctrunes, but of an intimate whisper that cuts right through you.

Their grasp of a full range of articulation, from crisp staccato to velvety legato, is especially striking. Soneto de la noche. Few composers working today share such a deep and ongoing relationship with literature as Lauridsen: In seinem einsichtsvollen Band Reading Rilke: I will lift up mine eyes, for choir. Les chanson des roses is a polyphonic delight that strategically delays the entry of the piano until the very end.

Luci Serene e Chiare VI. I will lift up mine eyes. Soneto de la Noche Pablo Neruda.