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O magnum mysterium

composer
1994
author of text
Responsories at Matins, Christmas Day

 
O magnum mysterium is pervaded by the same tenderness and refinement found in Lux aeterna; indeed, this refulgent work was written in 1994, just before Lauridsen began to contemplate the composition of the larger score. The composer has disclosed that this motet is an ‘affirmation of God’s grace to the meek … a quiet song of profound inner joy’. With a text from Christmas Matins that has been set by such disparate composers as Victoria and Poulenc, Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium expresses mystical awe at the mystery of the Incarnation as well as the very human tenderness of the Virgin Mary for her newborn child.

from notes by Byron Adams © 2005

O magnum mysterium est envahi de la même tendresse et du même raffinement que Lux aeterna – ce resplendissant motet fut d’ailleurs écrit en 1994, juste avant que Lauridsen n’envisage la composition du vaste Lux aeterna. Le compositeur a révélé que O magnum mysterium est une «affirmation de la grâce de Dieu envers les doux … un paisible chant d’une profonde joie intime». Reposant sur un texte des matines de Noël déjà mis en musique par des compositeurs aussi divers que Victoria et Poulenc, O magnum mysterium de Lauridsen dit la crainte mystique face au mystère de l’Incarnation, mais aussi la tendresse toute humaine de la Vierge Marie pour son enfant nouveau-né.

extrait des notes rédigées par Byron Adams © 2005
Français: Hypérion

In O magnum mysterium herrscht dieselbe Zartheit und Finesse wie in Lux aeterna vor; und tatsächlich entstand dieses strahlende Stück 1994, kurz bevor Lauridsen es in Erwägung zog, ein größeres Werk zu komponieren. Der Komponist hat darauf hingewiesen, dass diese Motette eine „Bestätigung der Gnade Gottes gegenüber den Sanftmütigen ist … ein ruhiges Lied von tiefgehendem innerlichen Glück“. Der Text stammt aus der Weihnachtsmatutin und ist von den verschiedensten Komponisten, darunter Victoria und Poulenc, vertont worden; Lauridsens O magnum mysterium drückt eine mystische Ehrfurcht vor dem Wunder der Inkarnation und auch der sehr menschlichen Zärtlichkeit der Jungfrau Maria für ihr neugeborenes Kind aus.

aus dem Begleittext von Byron Adams © 2005
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

A Choral Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD257Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
A Christmas Present from Polyphony
NOEL2Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Christmas at St John's Cambridge
CDA67576
Whitacre, Lauridsen & Chilcott: Choral Music
Studio Master: SIGCD262Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Lauridsen: Lux aeterna & other choral works
CDA67449
Naked Byrd
SIGCD180Download only
On Christmas night
SIGCD386Download only
Lauridsen: Lux aeterna
This album is not yet available for downloadSACDA67449Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Details

Track 14 on CDA67449 [6'40]
Track 13 on NOEL2 [6'40] Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Track 20 on CDA67576 [6'50]
Track 2 on SIGCD180 [6'46] Download only
Track 11 on SIGCD262 [6'33] Download only
Track 6 on SIGCD257 [6'46] Download only
Track 9 on SIGCD386 [6'41] Download only
Track 14 on SACDA67449 [6'40] Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for CDA67449 track 14

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-44914
Duration
6'40
Recording date
1 August 2003
Recording venue
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Lauridsen: Lux aeterna & other choral works (CDA67449)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: March 2005
  2. A Christmas Present from Polyphony (NOEL2)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: October 2004
    Deletion date: November 2014
    Super-budget price sampler — Download only
  3. Lauridsen: Lux aeterna (SACDA67449)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: March 2005
    Deletion date: September 2010
    Super-Audio CD — Deleted
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