Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
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The Katherine Jenkins Collection – Contemporary Classics
3. Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
Another living master of sacred music is Morten Lauridsen, an American composer who started out life as a forest fire fighter. 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. As the composer himself has said, ‘I wanted this piece to resonate immediately and deeply into the core of the listener, to illumine through sound.’ He certainly achieved just that.