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Track(s) taken from CDA67832

Lux aeterna

composer
1982; SATB divisi, unaccompanied; to the memory of Phil and Dodie Mark
author of text
from the Requiem Mass

Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Recording details: July 2010
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Produced by Adrian Peacock
Engineered by David Hinitt
Release date: July 2011
Total duration: 7 minutes 50 seconds

Cover artwork: Michael by Arild Rosenkrantz (1870-1964)
Courtesy of Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, London / Private Collection, Denmark
 
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Lux aeterna  [7'50]

Reviews

'In the fourth year of Stephen Layton's directorship the Trinity choir's sense of corporate ease and confidence is such that nothing fazes them. The singing is beautifully blended, the parts sensitively balanced, the absence of spurious vibrato a constant pleasure. Typically outstanding Hyperion sound caps this warmly recommendable issue' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Maestro Layton is a master of shading and dynamic control, so there's always a sense of ebb and flow to the glowing harmonies that animate this music' (American Record Guide)

'First, a health warning: it is impossible to do anything else but listen once the opening track of this glorious album begins … here is music making of the highest quality. I don’t have the space to mention all of the choral wonders on this disc but I can say with certainty that it is an album that will repay repeated listening for years to come' (Classic FM Magazine)
Lux aeterna was composed in 1982, and is dedicated to the memory of one of Fissinger’s composition students and his wife, who were killed in a car accident. The composer combines familiar Gregorian motifs with cluster-chord harmonies, and introduces the work by assembling chords from the bottom upwards in a manner strongly reminiscent of Gustav Holst’s Nunc dimittis. The female and male soloists, perhaps in representation of the ascended souls of the departed, fly free of the clustered choral textures.

from notes by Gabriel Crouch © 2011

Rédigé en 1982, Lux aeterna est dédié à la mémoire d’un des élèves de composition de Fissinger et de son épouse, tués dans un accident de voiture. Le compositeur, qui combine motifs grégoriens familiers et harmonies aux accords en clusters, commence par assembler des accords de bas en haut, d’une manière rappelant fort le Nunc dimittis de Gustav Holst. Les solistes masculin et féminin, possibles incarnations des âmes des défunts montées au ciel, s’envolent, affranchis des textures chorales en clusters.

extrait des notes rédigées par Gabriel Crouch © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Lux aeterna entstand 1982 und ist dem Andenken an einen Kompositionsstudenten und dessen Ehefrau gewidmet, die in einem Autounfall ums Leben kamen. Der Komponist kombiniert bekannte gregorianische Motive mit Cluster-Akkord-Harmonien und beginnt das Werk, indem er von unten ausgehend aufwärts gerichtet Akkorde zusammenstellt, was sehr an Gustav Holsts Nunc dimittis erinnert. Der Solist und die Solistin, die möglicherweise die aufgefahrenen Seelen der Verstorbenen repräsentieren, sind nicht an die Chor-Cluster gebunden, sondern schweben darüber.

aus dem Begleittext von Gabriel Crouch © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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