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Lauridsen: Lux Æterna Import


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  • 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 (59 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


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By Pierre on May 6 2014
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Lux Aeterna is the kind of music that comes right through me: it's just so beautiful that I get tears in my eyes when I listen to it. This is the music that accompanies you when you're grieving after the passing of a person dear to your heart. A wonderful choral blend of classical music with more modern tones. I'd love to find a choir to sing that piece with. The rest of the CD is also beautifully sung.
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By Victor Lethbridge on Dec 25 2012
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A wonderful musical experience from a master composer, Morten Lauridsen, along with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. They make a great musical team. Choral music is the new underground music. More people should expose themselves to this musical form at least once and this would be the ideal album to listen too to have a good spiritual, musical experience.
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The Los Angeles Master Chorale has certainly done a fine job. No, more than fine; it is not even them. It is the greatness of Mr. Lauridsen's solid choral writing. As a teenage choral music enthusiast (enthusiast is a bit of an understatement) who expects a lot out of his music, I find most of the choral market today just doesn't appeal to me. It has all been done before. Not this.
The "Lux Aeterna" opens mystically, leading the listener to truly believe in the eternal rest and eternal light sung about. The "Les Chansons des Roses" are so poignant and soft, representing the greatest of a cappella choral music. "Dirait-on" has been named the most beautiful piece of music ever written, and I begin to believe it with this smooth, touching rendition. The balance between choir and piano is just right. The wrenching harmonies in the "Mid-Winter Songs" completely complement Robert Graves' poetry as they unleash terror and anger, then excitement, then sleep, and finally, calm love. Although the original version with piano accompaniment sings, the colorful orchestration brings out new motifs, new themes, evoking winter. The finale of the CD is the absolutely beautiful "O Magnum Mysterium" - perfectly sung, perfectly felt. So reverent a text has never found so reverent a score. I give this album my highest recommendation. Everyone I lend it to has a difficult time returning it (including my choir director). This is my absolute favorite CD.
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By "rowdyjimbo" on May 6 2004
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I am a member of the official college choir at my school, and we recently performed almost all the works on this CD at a concert in Memphis except for the Ave Maria. We also performed the Madrigali, and the version of the Mid-Winter Songs we did was accompanied by the piano. Having sung these works all year long, this CD means something personal for me.
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.
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All music by Lauridsen, good orchestra, nice choral blend in the choir, heavy handing singing, choral phrasing is not determined by the text, had greater potential with influence of composer.
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There is that time in the cosmos when a composer, conductor or performer (or performers) are so perfectly suited for each other, that the music transcends all meaning. I was blessed to be in LA for the premier of "O Magnum Mysterium" and was moved to tears. I have sung the "O Magnum.." as well, and can do so from memory. Such works get into your soul. Such is the case with the "Lux Aeterna", along with a surreal "Ave Maria". These are beautiful works performed by the ones it was written for. And Maestro Salamonuvich (now retired) guides his singers with deft precision. You sense their passion for the music as well. You sense that THEY are singing from their very souls. Along with recordings by Robert Shaw, this is a must have for choral music lovers.
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Repetitive, yes. Same harmonics throughout, little variation in tempo, milking the music for all it's worth.
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.
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