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Lauridsen - Northwest Journey

Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Rcm   Catalog #: 12001   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  Shelly BergSunny WilkinsonJames DrollingerMorten Lauridsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Donald Brinegar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Donald Brinegar SingersViklarbo Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Morten Lauridsen's Northwest Journey is a world premiere recording of art songs, choral works and chamber music. The collection features Ralph Grierson, Jane Thorngren, Donald Brinegar Singers, Anne Marie Ketchum, Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, Sunny Wilkinson, Shelly Berg and James Drollinger. Northwest Journey includes new arrangements of Dirait-on, with a version for mixed duet and piano as well as a solo voice and piano arrangement of O magnum mysterium. With its Grammy nomination in 1998, Lux Aeterna (RCM 19705) thrust Morten Lauridsen firmly into the international limelight.

The collection of music presented on Northwest Journey shows many of the same as well as many different facets of this marvelously inventive and complex
Read more composer - from the jazz-inspired song that opens it to the powerful hymn that concludes it. Along the way, there are moments of profound introspection and unbridled joy, of repose and melancholy, of spiritual fulfillment and worldly bliss. Morten Lauridsen is not quite a household name, but this disc will certainly change that. Lauridsen is composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and longtime Chair of the Composition Department at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

Lauridsen's music is richly eclectic and inspired by nature, particularly that of the Pacific Northwest where he makes his home. This disc provides a look at Lauridsen's kaleidoscope of musical styles. The jazz-inspired song "Where Have the Actors Gone" receives an excellent, bluesy performance by Sunny Wilkinson and pianist Shelly Berg. A great shift in style occurs with the next selection, "Dirait-On," a duet for soprano and baritone set to a text of a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. Lauridsen's lovely tune receives a poignant performance by soprano Jane Thorngren and baritone James Drollinger. Lauridsen is best known as a gifted choral composer, and thankfully there's a magnificent choral work on the disc. "Ubi Caritas et Amor" is a sublime antiphon for Maundy Thursday that moves the heart with its unadorned beauty. Lauridsen is a wonderful composer whose modernism never sacrifices beauty, and listening to this disc is the perfect way to be seduced by his gifts.
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Works on This Recording

Where Have the Actors Gone by Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  Shelly Berg (Piano), Sunny Wilkinson (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Les chansons des roses: no 5, Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  James Drollinger (Baritone), Morten Lauridsen (Piano), Jane Thorngren (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Morten Lauridsen 
Ubi Caritas et Amor by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Donald Brinegar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Donald Brinegar Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 19 Secs. 
A Winter Come by Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  Jane Thorngren (Soprano), Ralph Grierson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1967; USA 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Variations for Piano by Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  Ralph Grierson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Madrigali - Fire Songs (6) on Italian Renaissance Poems by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor:  Donald Brinegar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Donald Brinegar Singers
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1987; Italy 
Length: 18 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Cuatro Canciones by Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  Anne Marie Ketchum (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 10 Minutes 31 Secs. 
O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Performer:  Jane Thorngren (Soprano), Morten Lauridsen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Morten Lauridsen 

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