- Audio CD (May 19 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Rubedo Canis Musica
- ASIN: B000006OF1
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
|1. Introitus - Lux Aeterna|
|2. In Te, Domine, Speravi - Lux Aeterna|
|3. O Nata Lux - Lux Aeterna|
|4. Veni, Sancte Spiritus - Lux Aeterna|
|5. Agnus Dei - Lus Aeterna - Lux Aeterna|
|6. En Une Seule Fleur - Les Chansons Des Roses|
|7. Contre Qui, Rose - Les Chansons Des Roses|
|8. De Ton Reve Trop Plein - Les Chansons Des Roses|
|9. La Rose Complete - Les Chansons Des Roses|
|10. Dirait - On - Les Chansons Des Roses|
|11. Ave Maria - Ave Maria|
|12. MID WINTER SONGS: Lament For Pasiphae - M. LAURIDSEN|
|13. MID WINTER SONGS: Like Snow - M. LAURIDSEN|
|14. MID WINTER SONGS: She Tells Her Love While Half Asleep - M. LAURIDSEN|
|15. MID WINTER SONGS: Mid-Winter Waking - M. LAURIDSEN|
|16. MID WINTER SONGS: Intercession In Late October - M. LAURIDSEN|
|17. O Magnum Mysterium - O Magnum Mysterium|
It took me awhile to find the beauty of Lux Aeterna, as its rhythmic patterns and harmonies seem to repeat and drone on incessantly, but after awhile I came to appreciate some of the harmonines (especially in the first and last movement)are incredibly rich. I love the canonical chant portions of the aforementioned movements and how all the voices come together in one glorious chord, musically portraying light coming in through all angles. The "Veni, Sanctus Spiritus" is an uplifting, joyous canticle that will lighten your spirits (couldn't resist). The comparisons in the harmonies to Brahms' "Ein Deustche Requiem" throughout the work are noteworthy.
Everybody goes for the "Dirait-on" movement of the Les Chansons des Roses, but for myself, it is the third movement, "De ton reve trop plein" that grabs my attention. The musical variety and text painting, as well as the rhythms and harmonies, send chills down my spine every time. This delightful little work is much more difficult to sing (especially from memory) than it sounds, but when a choir pulls it off just right, like this one does, the sound is just heavenly.
I can't say much about the Ave Maria as I have not performed it except to say that it is a most gorgeous piece; I am listening to it right now.
I remember the first time our choir opened the music for the Mid-Winter Songs, and when we sung those opening, bombastic measures, we all just laughed.Read more ›
And yet my soul just cries and cries and cries every time I hear this CD. Having just lost my lover a year ago after four years, I was sent this CD by a friend, who knows I am a choral-music lover, and, like a gift from heaven, this CD carried me through the anniversary of his death. The Lux Aeterna -- and the Dirait-on -- rank with the most beautiful music I have ever heard. Words are trly insufficient to describe the enveloping, soul-touching elegance, emotion and elation that this music conveys. It just wraps you up and, like on clouds and in the air, you are bathed in ethereal beauty. Listening to this music is like eating the most wonderful meal or having the most wonderful, ecstatic sex -- you know, when you get depressed because you don't want it to end! It is pure soulfood -- I am not religious, but that does not matter -- this is a true example of the how art can touch and move.
Of course, much of this is thanks to the technical prowess of the LAMC: incredible pitch and blend -- they are not quite Eric Ericsson's Swedish Radio Choir -- a few diction problems (consonants, not vowels, which are perfectly formed to ensure the glorious harmonics are clearly heard) -- but again, the words don't really matter. Oh, and how wonderfully Lauridsen writes for the tenors. Glorious.
Get this CD to uplift you, to help you along, to relax you, to reflect, to share. You will not be disappointed.