- 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. True, it takes an open and appreciative ear to enjoy the Copland-esque nature of the work, but if you give it time, it will quickly become one of your favorites. From its explosive opening in "Lament for Pasiphae" to the elegiac closing of "Intercession in Late October," Lauridsen writes a wide variety of musical styles.
Finally, the CD closes appropriately with "O Magnum Mysterium," a heartwrenching work written very simply. The two g-sharps in the altos when the chorus reaches the word "virgo" will cause your ears to snap to attention and your heart as well; the fullness of the alleluia chorus that follows will move you to tears.
It's sad that there isn't enough room on the CD to fit the exquisite Madrigali song-cycle, but this CD will provide you with many hours of listening enjoyment. Excellent performances by choral and orchestral performers alike.