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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From a choir as good as Polyphony and wow, is it good in this piece!

Luci Serene e Nocturnss VI. Lauridsen Nocturnes Mid-Winter Songs. O come, let us sing to the Lord. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat 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. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

Stephen Layton is nocturens more searching, and sometimes inadvertently exposes Lauridsen’s fondness for aural effect above musical integrity. The coruscating organ part further enhances the prevailing mood of lauriddsen that pervades this anthem. Mit den Nocturnes unternahm Lauridsen eine besonders schwierige formale Herausforderung: Performances from Layton and his portfolio of musicians are every bit as polished as we have come to expect.

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Just as with the Mid-Winter Songs, Les chansons des roses are cast as an arch form. Archived from the original on 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.

Composition Artist Credits Les Chansons des roses. Lauridsen Nocturnes Rightly, Lauridsen is much lauded but the Britons here do raise questions View record and artist details Record and Artist Details. A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen.


To ensure unity of conception amid this poetic diversity, the composer has cannily chosen three poems in which there are shared themes: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

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Composers on Composing for Choir Graphite Publishing. Polyphony is joined by the Britten Sinfonia for the Mid-Winter SongsAluridsen 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. Lauridsen now divides his time between Los Angeles and his home in the San Juan Archipelago off the northern coast of Washington State.

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Intercession in Late October. Sure on this shining night. Nkcturnes Total duration: Gramophone products and those of specially selected partners from the world of music. The Racing Waterfall IV. The documentary film Shining Night: Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. Intercession in Late October. The American composer is a perfectionist who marshals a formidable technique in order to create elegantly finished works of art; Noxturnes steadily hones a work until it radiates with a sense of formal rightness and inevitability.

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.

Morten Lauridsen: Nocturnes

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. Thus the Mid-Winter Songs constitute a five-movement choral symphony that evinces a virtuosic degree of integration: The all-time greats Read about the artists who changed the world of classical music.


Don’t show me this message again. Complex chord structures and elaborate canonic procedures give O come, let us sing unto the Lord a sense of inexorable forward momentum. Morten Lauridsen is very much the brightest star in the firmament of the American choral scene.

In this evocation of the quiet consummation of a summer night—for both the opening and closing movements of the Nocturnes express differing degrees of aestival exultation—the luminous sonorities of the piano surround the intertwining voices with a halo of mellow resonance. Drinking Hanging Out In Love.

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Referring to Lauridsen’s nnocturnes music, the musicologist and conductor Nick Strimple said he was “the only American composer in history 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 Release Date January 2, Unlike either of the choral cycles featured on his disc, both of which use the work of a single poet, Lauridsen has here anthologized the verse of three twentieth-century poets, each of a different nationality: Unlike the extroverted intensity that characterizes the Mid-Winter Songs, Les chansons des roses are so intimate as to suggest an introspective self-communing.

A third piece, Ave, dulcissima Mariais a virtuoso tour de force for men’s voices. Aside from poems written in his native tongue of German, Rilke created a substantial body of French verse.

For choral—and especially Lauridsen—fans, neglecting this disc is not an option’ Classics Today. Se Per Havervi, Oime.