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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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. 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.

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Their grasp of a full range of articulation, from crisp staccato to velvety legato, is especially striking. Conductor Stephen Layton leads the choir in an unusually nuanced and expressive performance of Les chansons des roses, with great flexibility of tempo, bringing out compositional felicities that can go unnoticed in more conventional readings with straighter tempos.


His reading of the cycle Mid-Winter Songs, accompanied lauridzen Britten Sinfoniais notable for its bristling energy and high drama.

Three shorter sacred pieces are recorded here for the first time. 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. lauridswn

Lauridsen Nocturnes

A third piece, Ave, dulcissima Mariais a noctuenes tour de force for lauridse voices. Nocturnesthree settings of texts about night, also receive their first recording. Using texts in three languages in French by Rainer Maria RilkeSpanish by Pablo Nerudaand English by James Ageethe songs inhabit the same ecstatic harmonic world as Les chansons des roses, and although none is likely to achieve the immediate popular appeal of “Dirait-on,” the radiant setting of “Sure on this shining night,” may come close.

The sound quality is vibrant and clean. This nocturjes easily one of the most exciting and beautifully performed collections of Lauridsen ‘s choral music.

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Morten Lauridsen: Nocturnes

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En une seule fleur. I will lift up mine eyes, for choir. O come, let us sing unto the Lord, for chorus.

Ave dulcissima Maria, for chorus. Soneto de la noche. Sure on this shining night.

Les Chansons des Roses, 5 songs for chorus.

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