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Elder: O Magnum Mysterium

Magazine article Gramophone

Elder: O Magnum Mysterium

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O magnum mysterium. Elegy. In Your Light. A Breathing Peace. Drumsound Rises. The Heart's Reflection. Ballade to the Moon. Star Sonnet. Lullaby. Seven Last Words from the Cross. Twinkle, twinkle little star

Westminster Choir / Joe Miller with John Hudson pf Mark H Foster, Jeffrey D Grubbs perc

Westminster Choir College [F] WCC1310 (53' * DDD)


Most of the works on this recording show Daniel Elder to be a composer for whom serenity is paramount. He writes choral music with long, poetic lines that soar and hover, like the spiritual elements depicted in the texts. These are the kind of pieces choruses love to sing, if they have the breath control and sure pitch the music demands. (No need to wait: the Westminster Choir perform beautifully.) Elder excels in evoking atmospheres of ecstatic or hushed reverence, as in O magnum mysterium, which captures the ear through swirling figures, and Elegy, setting words by Horace Lorenzo Trim and full of slow, hypnotic statements. …

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