Marbutaite: Three Marian Symphonies (Kaunas State Choir/ Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra) (Naxos: 8.572295)
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The eloquent, expressive music of Lithuanian neo-romantic composer Onute Narbutaite is noted for its sense of aristocratic poise and strong compositional discipline. Her Tres Dei Matris Symphoniae (Three Symphonies of the Mother of God) is not a conventional oratorio but a symphony, or three symphonies with choir which embrace the Revelation, the Birth of Jesus and the Crucifixion in settings of the Ave Maria, Gloria, Stabat Mater and Hildegard von Bingen's O clarissima Mater. The effect is of hearing something both deeply familiar and eternally new, rich material for personal contemplation.
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