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Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna, etc. / Salamunovich, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Morten Lauridsen Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Lux Aeterna: IntroitusLos Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Lux Aeterna: In Te, Domine, SperaviLos Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lux Aeterna: O Nata LuxLos Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Lux Aeterna: Veni, Sancte SpiritusLos Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lux Aeterna: Agnus Dei - Lux ∆ternaLos Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich10:04Album Only
listen  6. Les Chansons des Roses: En Une Seule FleurLos Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Les Chansons des Roses: Contre Qui, RoseLos Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Les Chansons des Roses: De Ton RÍve Trop PleinLos Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Les Chansons des Roses: La Rose CompleteLos Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Les Chansons des Roses: Dirait-onLos Angeles Master Chorale, Morten Lauridsen, Paul Salamunovich 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ave MariaLos Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich 7:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mid-Winter Songs: Lament for PasiphaŽLos Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mid-Winter Songs: Like SnowLos Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mid-Winter Songs: She Tells Her Love While Half AsleepLos Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mid-Winter Songs: Mid-Winter WakingLos Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mid-Winter Songs: Intercession in Late OctoberLos Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra, Paul Salamunovich 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. O Magnum MysteriumLos Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Composer: Morten Lauridsen
  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rubedo Canis Musica
  • ASIN: B000006OF1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Modern choral music for amateur singers may be America's biggest musical underground. That's the only explanation of why Grammy-nominated composer Morten Lauridsen can claim that his works are some of the most often-performed new pieces in years, although few among the East Coast intelligentsia have ever heard of him. Like the similarly popular John Rutter, Lauridsen inhabits an extremely conservative style directed simply and single-mindedly at showing off the beauty of choral singing while it illustrates inspiring texts. Unlike many of his fellow neo-Romantic conservatives, Lauridsen displays a brand of conservatism that is completely convincing and sincere. His music also has range, from the spellbindingly rapturous Lux aeterna to his playful settings of Rilke's poems about the beauty and thorniness of roses in Les chansons des roses. There is, moreover, a Coplandesque streak heard in his Mid-Winter Songs, which are settings of poems by Robert Graves. Though the Los Angeles Master Chorale has a suitably red-blooded sound, the music would be better served with more precise diction. --David Patrick Stearns

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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! November 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This anthology of choral works by Morten Lauridsen, an American composer bearing more than a superficial similarity to such Baltic composers as Arvo Pärt, Henryk Górecki and Einojuhani Rautavaara (and why should he not, with the name Lauridsen so suggestive of Baltic roots?), as well as Johannes Brahms, is a comforting spiritual journey into the magical world of choral music. As far as I know, with one notable exception, all of these works receive their recording premieres on this well-filled album. The sole exception is Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" (Oh, Great Mystery), which is also included on Robert Shaw's final, posthumous, release by the same name on the Telarc label.

This release might well have gone unnoticed by me had it not been brought to my attention by a cyberfriend at the New York Times Classical Music Forum, who, knowing my affection for Shaw and his work, thought that I would like it. How right he was!

It is more than fitting that the names Lauridsen and Shaw be juxtaposed with respect to this album. The performers are the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the successor to the Roger Wagner Chorale, the one and only choral group which, over its lifetime, was able to serve any notice that Shaw had competition in this field (although Shaw continued to remain paramount, regardless). And the music Lauridsen has provided for this release, of course including "O Magnum Mysterium," is of the type and of a quality that Shaw very much made his own in his late-career work with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and Chamber Singers.

But the credit should go, not to Shaw, but clearly to Lauridsen and to Paul Salamunovich, the current music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, for this selection and outstanding performance of Lauridsen's works.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece January 22, 2000
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Being a choral singer myself, and having heard Paul Salamunovich's choirs in person, I was certainly anxious to hear this recording. Having now owned it for nearly a year, I don't think I've EVER played a CD more times than this one--a one-of-a-kind disc and an absolute must-have for all choral music aficionados.
Under Paul's direction, the Chorale's spirited ensemble singing transforms Lauridsen's compositions into sound paintings of transcendent beauty--truly a match made in heaven!
With this recording, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has unquestionably arrived at the pinnacle of contemporary choral performance. Thank you, Morten, Paul and LAMC--we anticipate an encore!
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transports one to sublime realms of musical light November 13, 1998
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I am a mere ordinary listener. I have no special skills nor training with which to judge this musical offering. I only know that once I was blind, but now I see. Lauridsen's music was performed so beautifully and sensitively on this CD that it took my breath away. What a masterpiece of compostion! It made me think of the painter Turner painting, well, light. My favorite composition on this recording is Lux Aeterna, the title piece. It is transportingly beautiful, and does with music what the poet Dante did with words: takes one to the sublime realms of light, to the habitation of--dare I say it--God. A profoundly moving experience. I owe all my good words to Mr Lauridsen for composing such a work and to Mr Salamunovich and the Los Angeles Master Chorale for their glorious singing of it! Bravo and Hallelujah!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding mystery June 26, 2000
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So much of what we read, hear, tune in, pass by seems to be sighing an elegy for that perfect place of mind that for lack of better term we call MYSTERY. Well, search no further, fellow frayed souls. This work "Lux Aeterna" may be deemed simplistic, minimalistist fluff by some cold hearted critics, but I would urge those listeners yearning to seek contemplation to put this little treasure of a disc on your machine and release to a spiritual flight. This is a beautifully performed and recorded choral masterwork of the 20th Century. If it is popular (as is Gorecki's Symphony No. 3) then I think the hope for the future is more positive than the outside signals would indicate.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound of heaven February 11, 1999
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When I heard this on KUSC I nearly drove off the 405 trying to write the title in dust on the dashboard. In one sense a fatal crash wouldn't have mattered; music in heaven will sound just like this.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lauridsen Is Johannes Brahms Incarnate November 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The Lux Eterna CD transports you into another world. The music is touching, healing and gives a sense of hope. It breaks you down first, and then reconstructs you. It is like the German Requiem, a master piece from Brahms. Those who have heard the German Requiem will agree that Lauridsen is our modern Brahms.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars expansive, moving, satisfying to the head and heart! August 22, 1999
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Although a professional singer who has sung an immense amount of the choral literature, I have not sung any Morten Lauridsen. My loss! Lux Aeterna is a tremendous addition to the literature. In a wonderful use of instrumental and vocal color, Lauridsen speaks in a harmonic language which is lyrical, yet not trite and worn. He is superb at setting text sensitively. His harmonic language is of our time, yet seems modal and ancient. The L.A. Master Chorale has a full, warm sound which can handle the softest phrases and yet soars in the big sections. I understood the text because of their excellent diction. Terrific playing by the orchestra, and wonderful balance of instruments and voices.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Heaven's symphony.
Published 1 day ago by Cindy Nardi
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly.
This is so beautiful! The whole album is beautiful, and the arrangement of Agnus Dei and O Magnum Misterium are the best I have ever heard.
Published 1 day ago by Rebekah Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven on Earth!
Heaven on Earth! This music is so inspired - terrific service and CD in nice condition. Thank you.
Published 10 days ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing music
I picked this particular record because it contains both Lux Aeterna and O Magnum Mysterium. The choir performs the pieces very well, though the sound is not always crystal clear. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janneke Ravenek
5.0 out of 5 stars The most sublime choral album ever recorded.
For me at least, Morten Lauridsen is our greatest living American choral composer, perhaps of all time (even though he looks strangely like the Unabomber). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this recording.
Excellent prayerful recording. The voices are amazing. I love how the voices themselves re used as instruments. I will be looking for more recordings by this artist.
Published 2 months ago by Deacon Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars LUX AETERNAE/ mediation prayer
THIS SELECTION IS EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL. IF YOU ARE A PERSON WHO MEDITATES, IT WILL EMBRACE YOU. IF YOU DON'T MEDITATE, "LUX ATERNAE" IS A GOOD PLACE TO START. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ESTHER J. FUCCI
5.0 out of 5 stars Lauridsen at his very best
I LOVE IT! Lauridsen at his very best! Beautiful music, excellent choir. I could put it on continuous play and listen to it all day long.
Published 2 months ago by Joe R Breedlove
5.0 out of 5 stars Lauridsen and Salamunovich: the perfect match
Lauridsen's harmonies and Salamunovich's style are made for each other. This music is what I think Heaven sounds like. If you don't own it yet, you should. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Suzanne G
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Composer-Great Music
I've been looking forward to having this CD for a long time and am now very happy to have it. I love Lauridsen!
Published 4 months ago by Mary E. Wild
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