Lux Aeterna Single Release

In advance of the full album release in May 2024,  Lux Aeterna will be released on Friday March 08, 2024 on Spotify and Apple Music.

This stunning a cappella work is carefully crafted to bring it well within reach for many choirs. A wonderfully lush and sonorous tonal palette is sprinkled with moments of prepared dissonance and close harmonies. The middle section quotes the “Requiem” chant tune. A perfect contrasting pairing with Trotta’s rhythmic and popular “Dies Irae.”

Lux æterna luceat eis, Domine:
Cum Sanctis tuis in æternum: quia pius es.

Requiem æternam dona eis,
Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Cum Sanctis tuis in æternum: quia pius es.

May light eternal shine upon them,
O Lord, with Thy Saints for evermore: for Thou art gracious.

Eternal rest give to them,
O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them:

With Thy Saints for evermore, for Thou art gracious.

Unique in its ability to bring death and dying into the public conversation, the Requiem Mass has captivated the hearts and minds of all those who have experienced loss. On 3 May, American composer Michael John Trotta, one of the most exciting and prominent new composers of choral music, releases his seventh album, Requiem. Featuring award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, Requiem engenders a sense of hope and provides opportunity to continue healing.

Grounded in tradition, while incorporating a present-day harmonic language, Trotta’s Requiem for choir and organ features two Gregorian Chant motives interwoven throughout with lush harmonies and soaring melodies, exquisitely sung by Tenebrae. Originally commissioned by a consortium of choirs, Trotta sought to honour the Requiem tradition whilst bringing it to new listeners, whether in the liturgical setting or concert hall.

Trotta’s father passed away unexpectedly when he was seven, and music became his solace. He said: I spent a great deal of time playing and singing at funerals and fell in love with the choral masterworks of the genre: the gravitas of Brahms, the drama of Verdi, the tenderness of Faure and the juxtaposition of old and new in the Durufle. Having heard the words of the funeral liturgy (Requiem) so many times, it felt like a conversation between two voices: hope and fear, represented by the original chant motives of Requiem (rest) and Dies Irae (fear). This was healing for me.

Fuelled by a passion for combining tradition and innovation, Trotta creates music that resonates with modern audiences. From Carnegie Hall to cathedrals and concert halls, his significant output of music includes nine large scale choral-orchestral works. With an intimate knowledge of the human voice, and a rare sensitivity to the capabilities of a choral ensemble, he is a favourite conductor with ensembles around the world.

Requiem for choir and organ receives its world première in London on 8 May, when Trotta conducts Choir of the Earth and London Voices at St. Cyprian’s Clarence Gate. Released during Death and Dying Awareness Matters Week (6 – 12 May 2024), streaming revenue from the Requiem album during this period will go to Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice and end of life care. In addition, a charity single; Introit and Kyrie featuring London Symphony Orchestra, will be released ahead of the album with all proceeds raised also going to Hospice UK.

Tracklist

  1. Introit and Kyrie [5:19] – released as a charity single (featuring LSO) on 26 April
    2. Dies Irae [3:10] 3. Offertory et Hostias [6:59] 4. Sanctus [2:38] 5. Pie Jesu [3:25] 6. Agnus Dei [4:15] 7. Lux Aeterna [4:30] – released as a single on 8 March
    8. Libera Me [3:00] 9. Et Mors Ultra Non Erit [2:59] 10. In Paradisum [8:35] 11. Lux Aeterna (Radio Cut) [3:32]

Total Playing time [48:28]

Album and singles available on Spotify and Apple Music

Credits

All works performed by Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short; Richard Gowers, organ; George Herbert, organ; Rosanna Wicks, soprano; Elisabeth Paul, mezzo-soprano; and Jimmy Holliday, bass.
Recorded at St. John the Evangelist, London
Recorded by Classical Music Productions
Recording engineering by David Hinnit
Mixing and Mastering by David Hinnit
Cover Photo @lutberbel via canva.com
Design by Rachel Vaughn
Published by Hampton Roads

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