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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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 wrong. Morten Lauridsen accompanies at the piano on several works. Views Read Edit View history. Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality nocurnes of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

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Soneto de la noche. This is easily one of the most exciting and beautifully performed collections of Lauridsen ‘s choral music.

Lauridsen Nocturnes

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. 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.


In this recording, the composer uses predominantly secular texts, emphasising most strongly his lauricsen devotion to poetry and the performances are no less riveting.

The Polyphony performances make it clear why Lauridsen is today’s preeminent choral composer; you’ll hear every nuance of voicing and harmony, enveloped by a choral sound that is shaped by a masterly hand, with quicksilver changes and contrasts.

Lauridsen now divides his time between Los Angeles and his home in the San Juan Archipelago off the northern coast of Washington State.

Introspection Late Night Partying. A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen. Doubtless this disc also attests to Lauridsen’s superb ability to write for choral voices while creating those atmospheric sounds which bring a feeling of inner peace to even the most unwilling ear. Reflections on the Problems of Translation, William H.

Composers on Composing nocthrnes Choir Graphite Publishing. With the Nocturnes Lauridsen undertook a particularly difficult formal challenge: Anyone who is interested in the best of choral music of our time will treasure this disc’ Audiophile Audition, USA.

Their grasp of a full range of articulation, from crisp staccato to velvety legato, is especially striking. A third piece, Ave, dulcissima Mariais a virtuoso tour de force for men’s voices. Mit den Nocturnes unternahm Lauridsen eine besonders schwierige formale Herausforderung: Luci Serene e Chiare VI.

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Lauuridsen the Mid-Winter Songs constitute a five-movement choral symphony that evinces a virtuosic degree of integration: Stephen Layton marshals his choral and orchestral forces to telling effect and both singers and players display that austere discipline which laueidsen so vital to produce a blended and cohesive sound and do justice to Lauridsen’s harmonic language.


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Thus the Nocturnes conclude with a pantheistic benediction, brimful with deep emotion, which serves as a fitting conclusion to this midsummer pilgrimage. In this evocation of the quiet consummation of a summer night—for both the opening and closing movements of the Nocturnes express differing degrees of aestival exultation—the luminous sonorities of the piano surround the intertwining voices with a halo of mellow resonance.

If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. Lauridsen brilliantly emphasizes the cumulative quality of Dirait-on—which is filled with elaborate polyphony that flows by as naturally as a stream—by reserving the entry of the piano for this luminous finale.

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In Dirait-on Lauridsen magically evokes the wistfulness of the chansons populaires immortalized by Edith Piaf. Intercession in Late October. Complex chord structures and elaborate canonic procedures give O come, let us sing unto the Lord a sense of inexorable forward momentum. Make no mistake, Polyphony offer, as usual, outstanding choral singing, showing superb discipline even when battling against the often overbearing orchestral accompaniment to Mid-Winter Songsbut ultimately it all seems just a little bit shallow.

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