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Ave, dulcissima Maria
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Commissioned by Harvard University Glee Club Foundation for the venerable Harvard Glee Club and completed in 2005—some thirty-five years after O come, let us sing unto the Lord—the supernal motet Ave, dulcissima Maria is Lauridsen’s tender setting for a cappella male chorus of a variant of the standard ‘Ave Maria’ petition. As Lauridsen notes in his preface to the score, this invocation ‘has only occasionally been set to music throughout history, most notably by the Renaissance composer Gesualdo’. Unlike Gesualdo’s motet, which—written as it was by a repentant murderer—is shot through with moments of anguish, Lauridsen’s setting radiates an otherworldly serenity; effective use is made of a set of finger cymbals, played on this recording by the composer himself.

from notes by Byron Adams © 2007

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Details for CDA67580 track 13
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-07-58013
Duration
7'04
Recording date
4 January 2006
Recording venue
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. Lauridsen: Nocturnes & other choral works (CDA67580)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: January 2007
  2. Dreamland (HYP41)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: October 2009
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