Lauridsen rarities

Morten Lauridsen

Readers of this blog know of my pleasure in the music of Morten Lauridsen. Today I found a CD of vocal and choral music by him called Northwest Journey that has a few rarities, including a couple of arrangements for solo voices of famous choral works. His arrangement for solo soprano and piano of “O Magnum Mysterium” is simply ravishing. The composer himself is the pianist, and Jane Thorngren is the soprano, soaring up to the “Alleluias” and ending below the treble staff.

I have heard of Jane Thorngren for over 30 years, because she was in my time the most distinguished vocal alumna of Drake University, however, until this CD I have never actually heard her voice, which is very rich but lyric throughout its range. There is a picture on her web site of her as Mimi in the famous Zefirelli production of La Boheme at the Met.

I recommend the album.

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