I just bought a wonderful CD of Morten Lauridsen's songs. There are two songs, in particular, which I have been listening to the most: Dirait-on
and O Magnum Mysterium
They are both sung by a singer named Jane Thorngren, who I think has a gorgeous voice. Dirait-on
is based on Rilke's poem:Abandon entoure d'abandon,
tendresse touchant aux tendresses...
C'est ton interieur qui sans cesse
se caresse, dirait-on;
se caresse, en soi-memê,
par son propre reflet eclaire.
Ainsi tu inventes le theme
du Narcisse exauce.
Abandon surrounding abandon,
tenderness touching tenderness...
Your oneness endlessly
caresses itself, so they say;
through its own clear reflection.
Thus you invent the theme
of Narcissus fulfilled.
She sings this song as a duet with baritone James Drollinger and a piano accompaniment.
The last song on the CD, O Magnum Mysterium
, is an arrangement of the choral work for just voice and piano. I prefer this arrangement to the original. Thorngren and her accompanist create an incredible intimacy and mood. I know she would sound amazing singing Strauss and Mahler lieder
For those who are interested, the CD is called Northwest Journey
And there is a decent performance on YouTube of Dirait-on
for soprano and chorus(but again, I think the simpler arrangement on the CD is the best): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeragubpHY4