Martin Lutz: There is a spell upon your lips
01 November 2015
Versatile Danish composer, arranger, musician and teacher Martin Lutz’s work spans jazz, popular and classical (mostly choral) genres. Born in 1974 and currently living in Copenhagen, he has worked with some of the finest Danish musicians and says that all his music is based on his love for simple, touching melodies regardless of genre. His work includes music set to Latin texts and poems by Danish and international poets as well as some instrumental pieces. He is an artist with bold strokes, in terms of both style and genre, and this new CD features recording premieres of some of his most adventurous and eclectic compositions. His highly individual, hauntingly beautiful Stabat Mater (written for soprano and tenor solo, mixed choir, vibraphone, oboe and cello) and Two Marian Motets, Salve Regina and Ave Maria, are musical settings of much-loved religious poetry dating from the thirteenth century. The accompanying works are devoted to earthly love in its most spell-binding form, including a lovely settings of William Shakespeare’s ‘Those lips that love’s own hand did make’ and ‘How Oft, when thou, my music, music play’st’. Soprano Ditte Højgaard Andersen and tenor Bo Kristian Jensen are soloists with the Copenhagen Chamber Choir CAMERATA, conducted by Martin Nagashima Toft.