Paul Stanhope - Lux Aeterna | ABC Classics ABC4816296

Paul Stanhope - Lux Aeterna

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Label: ABC Classics

Cat No: ABC4816296

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd November 2017

Contents

About

‘Lux Aeterna’ - ‘eternal light’ - the struggle of light and darkness: an ancient concept, inspiring music-making for centuries. The new album from Australian composer Paul Stanhope brings this search for light into the present day, setting texts from across cultures and ages.

Arabic poetry, Old Testament verses, liturgical chants, and present-day words from Australia and South America. By turns elegiac and urgent, serene and rapturous, Lux Aeterna lives out themes of optimism, humanity and empathy. Stanhope’s music is recorded here with the choir he has collaborated with over the past decade, Sydney Chamber Choir, resulting in a uniquely satisfying depth of understanding of Stanhope’s musical language and the text which he sets.

Paul Stanhope is an award-winning Sydney-based composer, former Musical Director of Sydney Chamber Choir and currently a Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Formed in 1975, Sydney Chamber Choir, under founding director Nicholas Routley, quickly established itself among Australia’s finest performers of Renaissance choral music, especially the works of Josquin des Prez.

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