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Lauridsen - Lux aeterna CD

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  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Composer: Morten Lauridsen
  • Audio CD (18 Feb. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0007GP69W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lux Aeterna, for chorus & orchestra
  2. Madrigali, 6 Firesongs on Italian Renaissance poems for chorus
  3. Ave Maria, for chorus
  4. Ubi Caritas Et Amor, for chorus
  5. Magnum Mysterium, for chorus

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I first came across Morten Lauridsen years ago by downloading a copy of O Magnum Mysterium by mistake. It took a while for me to find out who it was by, but once I did I bought a cd of his music by an American Chorus. The music, whilst nice, didn't really inspire me much because the performance was lifeless and suffered as a result of the size of the choir.
I found myself listening to classic fm a few months ago (by accident i might add - I'm a bit of a snob and try to avoid it!) and heard the Ave Maria from this cd. What a difference a good choir can make. I rushed home and ordered this cd immediatly and was delighted when it arrived.
The idea of an entire cd filled with Lauridsen is not a new one, but this is by far the best attempt. Polyphony really bring out the best from this music, especially in the Ave Maria and Ubi Caritas which are my new favourites. The O Magnum Mysterium is a little slow, but given the length of the phrases really shows off the quality of the choir - i wouldn't like to go that long without breathing!
The Lux Aeterna is however a little disappointing in comparison. This is due to the way in which Lauridsen composes, rather than any performance issues. The same chords and sequences show themselves time and time again, which although they are lovely can get a little repetitive.
All in all though, you can't go wrong with this disc whether you know Lauridsen well or not. If you do, you won't find a better recording and if you don't, you can't help but love this guy's music and this is the best recording about.
I couldn't recommend it more.
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Worth it for the heart-stopping beauty that is O Magnum Mysterium.
My wife and I were in different rooms but listening to the excellent Late Junction on BBC Radio3 when O Magnum Mysterium came on and were both so gob-smacked that we compared notes (!) afterwards and just had to buy this CD.
We've not been disappointed.
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Most people attracted to this disc will have come to it through the route of first hearing on the radio or in performance the best-known item, "O magnum mysterium". It is certainly beautifully crafted, with some heart-stopping moments involving musical devices going right back to the original 16C polyphonists, such as canon, counterpoint, suspended cords and the dissonances resulting from minor seconds..

It is therefore easy to accuse him of perpetrating pastiche, yet he has tricks of his own, such as the so-called "fire-chord", frequently employed - perhaps even over-used - in the "Madrigali", which you will hear and soon recognise even if like me you didn't know what it was; it apparently consists of a B minor triad overlaid with a C. However, in addition to these devices, he also sometimes affects a decidedly Romantic lushness more in the style of the choral- liturgical style of Brahms; thus the "Lux aeterna", also inspired by the death of his own mother affords many instances of consolation in the manner of the Requiems by Brahms and Fauré.

For some, there is more than a touch of "New Age" blandness about these settings. I, for instance, hear his "Ubi caritas" as lovely in its limited way but very much the poor cousin to Duriflé's, whose melodies its shares, whereas the "Magnum mysterium" is more melodically inspired and memorable.

It is true that Lauridsen's more or less eschews the 20C excesses of twelve-tone serialism, although he knows when to head off any suspicion of the saccharine by dropping adroitly in some arresting intervals or running two distant keys alongside for a few bars to jolt us out of any complacency.
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I was fascinated by the extremes of opinion about this CD, and I can see why. The quality of the singing is superb, and if any one of the works were heard as a one-off it would undoubtedly impress. However it is almost too perfect, too formulaic and lacking in individuality. The acoustics are coloured by the church settings, with the monastic "feel" that they impart throughout the CD. Beautiful, but too much for one sitting. Listen to one track, then come back to it a week later for another one, and so on.
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I'm largely a rock, folk and blues fan who only started getting into classical/orchestral/choral music when well past the age of 40. I first heard Morten Lauridsen (who's name I keep confusing with Viggo Morteson's!) through hearing his arrangement of O Magnum Mysterium, the definitive recording of which appears on this album, on the radio.

I bought Lux Aeterna without having heard it, mainly to obtain a recording of O Magnum Mysterium. I'm deeply moved by Lux Aeterna, words like 'sublime' come to mind, I try not to listen to it too often in case I start taking it for granted and spoil it for myself. My wife Julia can hardly stop listening to it, thinks its sounds like heavenly angels and has bought a copy for her mum.

I've heard people criticise Lauridsen for using the same chords a lot and not varying the sound too much. Might as well criticise John Williams for not being a pianist-if you find a signature sound that works, why not stick with it?

I have a feeling that this music was written and performed in an attempt to give a feeling of what it might be like to leave this world of trickery, dissapointments, toils and snares and be received, unworthy but rescued, cleansed and accepted, into the glorious presence of the Lord. As a Christian, that indeed is my hope.

Lux Aeterna has a very sympathetic and comforting feel about it, the music seems to be saying 'Don't worry, I know how much you're hurting, stay strong-it will be all right in the end.' I love the way the strings, woodwind and voices complement each other to produce something quite uniquely moving. I don't have the words or understanding to express it any better.

Not so keen on the madrigals, they're well performed but don't do so much for me, but never mind. If you like O Magnum Mysterium, you'll love Lux Aeterna.
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