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Udgivelsesdato:  Nov 2014

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Niels la Cour: Works for Choir & Organ

06 July 2015  American Record Guide
Philip Greenfield

More than 50 of these 73 minutes are assigned to the organist, and I know as much about playing the organ as I do about ice fishing. That said, I can tell you that Denmark’s Niels La Cour (b 1944) is a composer whose sacred choral works seek out the gentler elements of faith, and that his penchant for creating a sense of spiritual calm extends to his writing for the King of Instruments.

His half-hour Vesper Organi is divided into nine distinct segments, and they do keep the listener involved in their lyrical, ingratiating way. So do the three Intermezzi. The songs also proceed gracefully, whether the composer is unabashedly dissonant (‘Wings’, for women’s choir) or is gently serenading the Virgin in his three Cantio Mariae that hearken back to the motets and madrigals of the Renaissance.

Texts and translations from the Latin and Danish originals are supplied. You wouldn’t call this the most exciting program of recent memory, but it’s quite satisfying in its own quiet, emotionally balanced way.

His half-hour Vesper Organi is divided into nine distinct segments, and they do keep the listener involved in their lyrical, ingratiating way. So do the three Intermezzi. The songs also proceed gracefully, whether the composer is unabashedly dissonant (‘Wings’, for women’s choir) or is gently serenading the Virgin in his three Cantio Mariae that hearken back to the motets and madrigals of the Renaissance. Texts and translations from the Latin and Danish originals are supplied. You wouldn’t call this the most exciting program of recent memory, but it’s quite satisfying in its own quiet, emotionally balanced way.





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