Morten Lauridsen en Valentines <p>We hope it's not too late for Valentines on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, February 15th at 9 pm</strong> Eastern on the all-classical stream at and WRTI-HD2. We start with soprano and guitar, and with an orphan's dream of an angel in <em>Romance</em> by William Ortiz. Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" is the inspiration behind <em>Love Twitters</em> by Augusta Read Thomas, for piano, but Morten Lauridsen asks, "Against whom have you formed these thorns?" in <em>Contre qui, rose</em>. A lover asks for a handkerchief (she'll return it when no one's looking), in a four-hand piano setting of the Italian folk song <em>Amor dammi quel fazzolettino</em> by Andrew Violette.<br /><br />David Bennett Thomas works with some of the greatest love poetry in his <em>Juliet: Five Songs from Shakespeare</em>, and we hear Eric Whitacre's first published choral work, <em>Go, lovely Rose</em>. Finally, Allen Shawn sends us into the evening with a last-minute Valentine's Day present for his wife, titled simply, <em>Valentine</em>.<br /> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:52 +0000 Kile Smith 7009 at Valentines 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Lauridsen, O Magnum Mysterium <p>Morten Lauridsen's <em>O Magnum Mysterium</em>, performed by the Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison, conductor, <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">is featured on CD 1 in the WRTI 60th Anniversary Classical 3-CD set</span>.</p><div>“O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the newborn Lord, lying in a manger. Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear Christ the Lord. Alleluia!” This text was first chanted by monks in the cold, pre-dawn hours before Christmas mornings centuries ago. Now, the mystical, soaring music of Morten Lauridsen warms millions worldwide.<br><br>Simple in structure and harmony, yet quietly overwhelming, the Lauridsen <em>O Magnum Mysterium</em> transcends style with its luminously expressive writing. Morten Lauridsen is one of the most-sung choral composers in America and around the world, and this work is a fine example why.</div><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:37:50 +0000 Kile Smith 6429 at 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Lauridsen, O Magnum Mysterium