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Morten Lauridsen: Nocturnes

Morten Lauridsen: Nocturnes
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  • Artist:M. Lauridsen
  • Label:Hyperion UK
  • Category:Music
  • List Price: $21.98
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  • Seller:Classical Record Outlet
  • Sales Rank:61,870
  • Format:Import
  • Media:Audio CD
  • Discs:1
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.2
  • Dimensions (in):5 x 5.8 x 0.5
  • Publication Date:January 11, 2007
  • MPN:52707
  • UPC:034571175805
  • EAN:0034571175805
  • ASIN:B000KGGHTW
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Tracks
  • Lament for Pasiphae (Mid-Winter Songs- Robert Graves)
  • Like Snow
  • She tells her love while half asleep
  • Mid-Winter Waking
  • Intercession in Late October
  • En une seule fleur (Les Chansons des roses - R.M. Rilke)
  • Contre qui, rose
  • De ton reve trop lein
  • La rose complete
  • Dirait-on
  • I will lift up mine eyes
  • O come, lut us sing unto the Lord
  • Ave, dulcissima Maria
  • Sa nuit d'ete (Rilke) (Nocturnes)
  • Soneto de la noche (Neruda)
  • Sure on this shining night (Agee)


Editorial Reviews:
Amazon.com
Morten Lauridsen's choral music is well-rooted in both early music and Renaissance polyphony, but he is not one of the so-called "holy minimalists" whose very sounds are reminiscent of centuries-old music. He is American and approaches the past as a building block; he may use old techniques but his voice is original, lyrical, and easy to take, without ever seeming simple-minded. He writes so the texts can be understood - here he uses words by Robert Graves, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda and James Agee and throws in some non-secular psalms and a Latin motet, "Ave, dulcissima Maria." This last is a piece of great tranquility scored for male chorus, with a set of finger cymbals played by Lauridsen himself (he plays piano elsewhere on the CD). The group Polyphony, under Stephen Layton, performs all these works with impeccable pitch and diction; the fives poems by Rilke about roses are particularly handsome. He uses vast variations in dynamics almost ochestrally and the effect is marvelous - large crescendos excite and sustained soft singing soothes. There's nothing here that will jar the listener - Lauridsen's dissonances are at the service of the text and are normally quickly resolved. Fans of choral music should know what this composer (born in 1958) is up to - his music is both interesting and sheerly pleasurable. --Robert Levine

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