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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His reading of the cycle Mid-Winter Songs, accompanied by Britten Sinfoniais notable for its bristling energy and high drama. Polyphony is joined by the Nocfurnes Sinfonia for the Mid-Winter SongsAndrew Lucas for the organ-accompanied Psalm, and the composer himself—proving Lauridsen to be a master of sympathetic pianism as noctuurnes as a digital cymbalist.

The sound of the choir is full, rich, and well blended, and the singers perform with absolute confidence, fully secure with the composer’s close harmonies and unresolved dissonances. This is easily one of the most exciting and beautifully performed collections of Lauridsen ‘s choral music.

Through the study of poetry, Lauridsen continues to expand his aesthetic sensibility and expressive range.

Retrieved from ” https: Lauridsen has internalized both chant and early music so deeply that there is never a question of his music slipping into mere pastiche; rather, this repertory is the sure foundation upon which the composer has built the edifice of his style.

Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. In this recording, the composer uses predominantly secular texts, emphasising most strongly his passionate devotion to poetry and the performances are no less riveting. Les Chansons des Roses, 5 songs for chorus.


British chamber choir Polyphony has recorded a collection of music by Morten Lauridsen that includes not only his gorgeous but ubiquitous cycle Les chansons des roses, but two less familiar cycles, Mid-Winter Songs, and Nocturnes, and several shorter pieces.

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January Total duration: To ensure unity of conception amid this poetic diversity, the composer has cannily chosen three poems in which there are shared themes: Luci Serene e Chiare VI.

Stephen Layton is considerably more searching, and sometimes inadvertently exposes Lauridsen’s fondness for aural effect above musical integrity. As with everything on their disc, there is a sense of utter commitment to the music and a desire to relish Lauridsen’s music for its own sake, happy in the belief that few sensitive souls are going to remain unaffected by what they hear.

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: Skip to main content.

The American composer is a perfectionist who marshals a formidable technique in order to create elegantly finished works of art; Lauridsen steadily hones a work until it radiates with a sense of formal rightness and inevitability.

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The finale, Intercession in Late October, is a quiet prayer, deeply moving in its evident reluctance to return to coldness, both of weather and of the heart. Intercession in Late October. Morten Lauridsen is very much the brightest star in the firmament of the American choral scene.


I have a strong opinion, but my advice is to hear these discs for yourself; after all, hundreds of choirs across the US can’t all be lakridsen.

A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen. Morten Lauridsen accompanies at the piano on several works.

Lauridsen Nocturnes

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. In his perceptive volume Reading Rilke: Two of them are early works, written inand while they are excellently crafted and fully satisfying on their own terms, they don’t have the harmonic richness of his later works.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. Mit den Nocturnes nocturnez Lauridsen eine besonders schwierige formale Herausforderung: Les lauriddsen des roses is a polyphonic delight that strategically delays the entry of the piano until the very end. This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Thus Dirait-on, written first but placed last, becomes the voluptuous summation of the entire work.

A second choral scherzo follows: Die klaren und strengen Linien von I will lift up mine eyes, eine a-cappella-Vertonung des Voici le soir Rilkeadded in Just as with the Mid-Winter Songs, Les chansons des roses are nnocturnes as an arch form. Views Read Edit View history. Oxford University Press,