Vorliegende Neueinspielung mit Werken von Morten Lauridsen ist eine gelungene Fortsetzung des Ensembles Polyphony, das schon zuvor das mit einem Grammy nominierte »Lux Aeterna« (CD 4896867) veröffentlicht hatte. Die Zyklen »Mid-Winter Songs« und »Les Chansons des Roses« werden hier von vier Ersteinspielungen umrandet: zwei frühen Psalmsätzen und zwei neuen Werken, die während der Einspielung dieser CD entstanden sind.
While their recording of Eric Whitacre (CDA67543) continues its chart-topping run on both sides of the Atlantic, Stephen Layton and Polyphony have returned to the studio and put down a second disc devoted to the choral music of Whitacre’s compatriot Morten Lauridsen. The popular cycles Mid-Winter Songs and Les chansons des roses (the final number of which, Dirait-on, caused something of a publishing sensation on its first appearance) are joined by four premiere recordings: two early Psalm settings, and two new works written during the preparations for this recording. Performances from Layton and his portfolio of musicians are every bit as polished as we have come to expect. Polyphony is joined by the Britten Sinfonia for the Mid-Winter Songs, Andrew Lucas for the organ-accompanied Psalm, and the composer himself—proving Lauridsen to be a master of sympathetic pianism (as well as a digital cymbalist).
'This is celestial and spine-tingling stuff. Contemporary choral music really doesn't come any better than this' (Daily Express)
'Stephen Layton's splendiferous disc - the second of Lauridsen's music by these performers - should be on the shelf of each and every choral-music aficionado' (Fanfare, USA)
'...a disc that is filled with lovely music. Performances are excellent. Anyone who is interested in the best of choral music of our time will treasure this disc'(Audiophile Audition)
'This recording is a fine example of Polyphony's exquisite range and Stephen Layton's still in maintaining the balance between voices and ensemble' (HMV Choice)
M. Stäbler in FonoForum 05 / 07: "Hier profitiert die Musik
vom hohen interpretatorischen Niveau."