Light Eternal: The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen / Matt, Chamber Choir of Europe

Release Date: 11/9/2018
Catalog Number: B002923902
Performer: Morten Lauridsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Number of Discs: 1

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$13.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Morten Johannes Lauridsen (born February 27, 1943) is an American choral composer. A National Medal of Arts recipient (2007) he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001) and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years. On the occasion his 75th birthday in 2018, the Chamber Choir of Europe (cond. Nicol Matt) recorded Lauridsen’s landmark compositions in close collaboration with the composer himself. The recording features carefully selected compositions – calming, serene, and simply beautiful including two world premiere recordings.

“My experience in producing and selling classical-music recordings is that most people don't have formal training in music history or music theory, but they do want beauty in their lives, and they recognize it when they hear it. This is one of those recordings. If you care about choral music, especially contemporary American choral music, or if you simply want to add some beauty to your life, please vote with your wallet and buy this CD (or download), and also please consider buying half a dozen, a dozen, or more, as stocking stuffers (or, as "holiday," or even non-holiday gifts). Lauridsen's music is contemporary music that honors the entire tradition of choral singing, from O magnum mysterium's soundworld, which to me calls to mind the soundworld of Allegri, to Madrigali—Six FireSongs on Italian Renaissance Poems, which is perhaps best described as modernism—but with a heart and a soul.” – John Marks
Works on This Recording
1. O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1994 ; USA
1. Les chansons des roses: no 1, En une seule fleur by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
2. Nocturnes for Chorus and Piano by Morten Lauridsen
Performer: Morten Lauridsen (Piano)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Written: 2005/2008 ; USA
2. Prayer by Morten Lauridsen
Performer: Morten Lauridsen (Piano)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
3. Madrigali - Fire Songs (6) on Italian Renaissance Poems: Se Per Havervi, Oime by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
3. Ya Eres Mia by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
4. Madrigali - Fire Songs (6) on Italian Renaissance Poems: Ov'è, Lass’, Il Bel Viso? by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
5. Lux aeterna by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1997 ; USA
6. Les chansons des roses: no 5, Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993 ; USA
7. Where Have the Actors Gone by Morten Lauridsen
Performer: Morten Lauridsen (Piano)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century
8. Ya Eres Mia by Morten Lauridsen
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
9. Where Have the Actors Gone by Morten Lauridsen
Performer: Morten Lauridsen (Piano)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: 20th Century
10. Prayer by Morten Lauridsen
Performer: Morten Lauridsen (Piano)
Conductor: Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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