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Ave, dulcissima Maria

composer
2005
author of text

 
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

Commande de l’Harvard University Glee Club Foundation pour le vénérable Harvard Glee Club, le divin motet Ave, dulcissima Maria pour chœur d’hommes a cappella est la tendre version (achevée en 2005, soit trente-cinq après O come, let us sing unto the Lord) d’une variante de la traditionnelle supplique «Ave Maria». Comme le souligne le compositeur dans sa préface, cette invocation «a été peu mise en musique tout au long de l’histoire, l’exemple le plus connu étant celui du compositeur de la Renaissance, Gesualdo». Mais, contrairement au motet de Gesualdo—œuvre écrite par un meurtrier repentant et traversée par des moments d’angoisse—, celui de Lauridsen irradie d’une sérénité surnaturelle; il y est efficacement fait usage de cymbales digitales, tenues ici par le compositeur en personne.

extrait des notes rédigées par Byron Adams © 2007
Français: Hyperion Records Ltd

Die von der Harvard University Glee Club Foundation für den ehrwürdigen Harvard Glee Club in Auftrag gegebene, 2005—etwa 35 Jahre nach O come, let us sing unto the Lord—vollendete überirdische Motette Ave, dulcissima Maria („Gegrüsset seist du, süsseste Maria“) ist Lauridsens zarte a-cappella-Vertonung für Männerchor einer Variante des üblichen „Ave Maria“. Lauridsen bemerkt in seinem Vorwort zur Partitur, dass dieses Bittgebet „im Verlauf der Geschichte nur gelegentlich vertont [wurde], besonders vom Renaissancekomponisten Gesualdo“. Anders als Gesualdos Motette, die—da sie von einem reuigen Mörder geschrieben wurde—von qualvollen Momenten durchzogen ist, strahlt Lauridsens Satz einen jenseitigen heiteren Frieden aus; Fingerzimbeln, die der Komponist selbst in dieser Aufnahme spielt, werden wirkungsvoll eingesetzt.

aus dem Begleittext von Byron Adams © 2007
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

Recordings

Dreamland
HYP41Super-budget price sampler
Lauridsen: Nocturnes & other choral works
CDA67580

Details

Track 13 on CDA67580 [7'04]
Track 3 on HYP41 [7'04] Super-budget price sampler

Track-specific metadata 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
    Super-budget price sampler
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