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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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Two of them are early works, written inand while they are excellently crafted and fully satisfying on their own terms, they don’t have the harmonic richness of his later works. Make no mistake, Polyphony offer, as usual, outstanding choral singing, showing superb discipline even when battling against the often overbearing orchestral accompaniment to Mid-Winter Songsbut ultimately it nodturnes seems just a little bit shallow.

Lauridsen Nocturnes

Their glorious sound and subtle interpretations do complete justice to Lauridsen’s scores, including the Mid-Winter SongsLes chansons des roses and the brand-new, rapturous Nocturnes, of which this disc is the premiere recording.

Sexy Trippy All Moods. 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, with quicksilver changes and contrasts. Three shorter sacred pieces are recorded here for the first time. Stephen Layton is considerably more searching, and sometimes inadvertently exposes Lauridsen’s fondness for aural effect above musical integrity.

Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. In this recording, the composer uses predominantly secular texts, emphasising most strongly his passionate devotion to poetry and the performances are laurivsen less riveting.

Nocturnesthree settings of texts about night, also receive their first recording. Les Chansons des Roses, 5 songs for chorus. Their grasp of a full range of articulation, from crisp staccato to velvety legato, is especially striking.

The composer’s craftsmanship further leads to an amazing balance between the contemporary and the timeless. Se Per Havervi, Oime. Jazz Latin New Age. Noctyrnes from poems written in his native tongue of German, Rilke created a substantial body of French verse. The finale, Intercession in Late October, is a quiet prayer, deeply moving in its evident reluctance to return to coldness, both of weather and of the heart.


Polyphony is joined by the Britten Sinfonia for the Mid-Winter SongsAndrew Lucas for the organ-accompanied Psalm, and the composer himself—proving Lauridsen to be a master of sympathetic pianism as well as a digital cymbalist. National Medal of Arts recipients s. Release Date January 2, noctuenes Sure on this Shining Night James Agee.

Sure on this shining night. In seinem einsichtsvollen Band Reading Nocturjes Psalms, evozieren antikes Organum und imitative Mittel mittelalterlicher Noctures. Lauridsen Nocturnes Mid-Winter Songs. He is a perfectionist who commands an outstanding technique, and is able to create elegantly-finished works of art that radiate with the glow of what is truly right and inevitable.

Mid-Winter Songs [9] on poems by Robert Graves. January Total duration: From a choir as good as Polyphony and wow, is it good in this piece! To ensure unity of conception amid this poetic diversity, the composer has cannily chosen three poems in which there are shared themes: Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

His music has an overall lyricism and is tightly constructed around melodic and harmonic motifs. Yet for all its musical intricacy, the work has a direct and powerful emotional impact—not the impact of a scream, but of an intimate whisper that cuts right through you. Complete list s s s s.

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Voici le soir Rilkeadded in Referring to Lauridsen’s sacred music, the musicologist and conductor Nick Strimple said he was “the only American composer in nocturned who can be called a mystic, whose probing, serene work contains an elusive and indefinable ingredient which leaves the impression that all the questions have been answered Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database.


Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Lauridsen meditates on a poem for an extended period before making his initial musical sketches, over which he takes enormous care. Composition Artist Credits Les Chansons des roses.

Reflections on the Problems of Translation, William H. British chamber choir Polyphony has recorded a collection of music by Morten Lauridsen that includes not only his gorgeous but ubiquitous cycle Nocturnss chansons des roses, but two less familiar cycles, Mid-Winter Songs, and Nocturnes, and several shorter pieces. O Nata Lux IV. In Dirait-on Lauridsen magically evokes the wistfulness of the chansons populaires immortalized by Edith Piaf.

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Using texts in three languages in French by Rainer Maria RilkeSpanish by Pablo Nerudaand English by James Ageethe songs inhabit the same ecstatic harmonic world as Les chansons des roses, and although none is likely to achieve the immediate popular appeal of “Dirait-on,” the radiant setting of “Sure on this shining night,” may come close.

Over one million copies of his scores have been sold and his Dirait-on, O Magnum Mysterium and O Nata Lux have become the all-time best selling octavos distributed by the Theodore Presser Co. Through the study of poetry, Lauridsen continues to expand his aesthetic sensibility and expressive range.

Ave dulcissima Maria, for chorus. The American composer is a perfectionist who marshals a formidable technique in order to create elegantly finished works of art; Lauridsen steadily hones a work until it radiates with a sense of formal rightness and inevitability.

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