O Magnum Mysterium
Morten Lauridsen


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During the first decade of the twenty-first century, one of the most exciting trends to emerge in classical music was the rediscovery of the relevance of choral music, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the glorious music of the American composer Morten Lauridsen.

Although composed in 1994, O Magnum Mysterium took a good few years before garnering such widespread praise. And while it is performed all year round, the piece is, at its heart, all about Christmas. The text tells the story of the birth of Jesus, and Lauridsen's music is as sensitive and spiritual as you could possibly wish for.

Adoration of the Shepherds (The Holy Night) by Correggio (1530).