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Audio CD, CD, 27 January 2015
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 14.3 x 12.5 x 0.71 cm; 108.01 Grams
- Manufacturer : DECCA
- Manufacturer reference : 780530
- Original Release Date : 2015
- Run time : 1 hour
- Label : DECCA
- ASIN : B00QHPSRSO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 17,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Lux (the Latin word for light) brings hope, banishes darkness and nurtures both the body and the spirit; it has inspired composers throughout history.
A luminous selection of pieces spanning over 400 years: from Thomas Tallis and Gregorio Allegri to Massive Attack (Teardrop) and Ben Folds Five (The Luckiest - which appeared on the soundtrack for Richard Curtis film About Time).
Includes popular classics such as Miserere (Allegri) and Nimrod (Elgar) as well as Ubi Caritas by Paul Mealor, a piece commissioned by Prince William and Catherine Middleton and premiered at their wedding in 2011.
Features works by two of the most talked about composers of our time: Ola Gjeilo (Norway) and Will Todd (UK).
Classic FM (UK) was closely involved in repertoire selection for this album.
In addition to the soothing sound of unaccompanied voices blended in harmony, several tracks feature otherworldly additions of saxophone, cello, harp and water glasses.
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The two works from the Renaissance are Thomas Tallis' masterpiece 'O Nata Lux' (born of light), the luminosity of which acquires another layer of beauty through the otherworldly sound of the saxophone; the second, the famous 'Miserere' by Gregorio Allegri representing the conflict between darkness and light is traditionally performed during the service of Tenebrae (shadows).
Tavener's trance-like work, 'Mother of God, here I stand' and Rachmaninov's magnificent 'Bogoroditse Devo', both derive from the mystical musical traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church and both are parts of extended nocturnal works, in the case of Tavener from 'The Veil of the Temple' and in the case of Rachmaninov from his exemplary work 'All-night Virgil'.
Early mystical Latin poetry has inspired modern, living composers represented in this compilation who have developed links wit Voces8:
Lauridsen in his 'O Nata Lux' uses simple means to create a universe of spiritual joy and hope.
The first and last pieces in the compilation are both titled 'Ubi Caritas' and they are exactly 3.48 minutes each but belong to different composers and their music has different timbre. The first by the Norwegian, Ola Gjeilo draws from the Gregorian chant while the concluding piece by Paul Mealor, a resplendent and celebratory motet was commissioned by Prince William and was sung at the Prince's wedding to Catherine Middleton in 2011.
Finally, in recent years the boundaries between pop and classical music have become blurred. Two beautiful transcriptions represent this trend: 'Teardrop' from 'Massive Attack's' album 'Mezzanine' and the ballad 'The Luckiest' which appeared on the soundtrack of the film 'About Time'.
I agree with another reviewer: whoever thought that white text on an orange background would work for the sleeve notes was misguided.