Hans Christian Aavik: O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen)

LIU HAISU (1896-1994), Mount Huang, Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on gold paper, 60.5 x 93 cm. (23 7/8 x 36 5/8 in.), Inscribed and signed, with five seals of the artist, Dated fifteenth day of the first month, yichou year (1985), Image Source: Christie’s

“Estonian violinist Hans Christian Aavik, winner of the 2022 Carl Nielsen International Competition, gives a moving and atmospheric performance of O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, who turned 80 earlier this year. The piece began life as an unaccompanied choral work, setting a medieval text that describes the “great mystery” of Christ’s humble birth in a stable. Created by Lauridsen himself, this idiomatic arrangement for violin and piano retains all the beauty and sense of wonder of the original. Hans-Christian is accompanied by his long-term musical partner – and now wife – Karolina Aavik, whose gentle introduction sets the scene for this magical piece.”

Deutsche Grammophon

Happy Sunday! 🙂


18 Comments Add yours

  1. marronbleu says:

    Eyes and ears. And heart

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  2. sienablue says:

    Ah Sunny, what a gift to be first up in my feed this Sunday morning. Thank you.

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    1. My pleasure, always, sienablue. Happy Mother’s Day! 😎🌺


  3. Ashley says:

    Thank you 💓🤗🌹 Happy Sunday 🙋‍♂️

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    1. Ashley says:

      And a stunning painting! 💓

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  4. pirkkotervo says:

    Thanks for this huge painting

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  5. I knew Liu Haisu personally and now when I see this painting by him I feel more than nostalgia 🌼☀️

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    1. Thanks for sharing your memory of Liu Haisu, Friedrich. I am looking forward to learning more about his art. 🙂🌺

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  6. rothpoetry says:

    Wonderful color in the artwork! A gorgeous piece of music!

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    1. I am happy you enjoy these, Dwight. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂🌺

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are very welcome!

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