Sunday Music & Ubi Caritas

Choir on the Stairs sings “Ubi Caritas / Ola Gjeilo.”

Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.
Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.
Exultemus, et in ipso iucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.

Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ’s love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.

Shiina Ringo & Seishun no Matataki

Shiina Ringo “Seishun no Matataki” (Flicker of Youth), written for Chiaki Kuriyama who released it 2011, here performed by Shiina Ringo herself 2014.

Version from the live performance televised this New Year’s Eve (December 31, 2016):

Lyrics here courtesy of Lyrical Nonsense. Shiina Ringo is a very gifted songwriter but I find her voice a bit grating. I love the arrangement though, with the interwoven electronica.

Sunday Music & Gaudete

First, we present Steeleye Span, the great folk rock band that often gets mixed up with Steely Dan, from their 35th anniversary tour (2004).

Refrain:

Gaudete, Gaudete, Christus est natus
Ex Maria Virgine, Gaudete!

Rejoice, Rejoice, Christ is born
of the Virgin Mary, Rejoice!

I assume that lead vocalist is still Maddy Prior. I used to have a bit of a crush on her. Anyway, this is their original recording of “Gaudete” from Chrysalis (1972).

Tempus adest gratiae
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina laetitiae
Devote reddamus.

The hour of grace which we seek is here.
We offer with devotion our songs of gladness.

Next, the hymn is sung by Choir on the Stairs. I got the feeling I’m going to be revisiting this group for Sunday selections. Great accoustics to match great singing:

Deus homo factus est,
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est,
A Christo regnante.

God is made man, a thing of wonder.
The world is renewed by Christ’s reign.

Next up, the kids choir Libera sings it:

Ezecheelis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Undelux est orta
Salus invenitur.

Light has arisen. Salvation is come,
Bursting the gates of death.

And finally, we bring you the Mediaeval Baebes:

Ergo nostra contio
Psallat jam in lustro,
Benedicat domino,
Salus Regi nostro.

Our congregation lustily rejoices now,
Giving blessing to God, our Saviour and King.

Advent Music & Virga Jesse & Bruckner

“Virga Jesse” by Anton Bruckner, performed by the Zurich Boy’s Choir.

Virga Jesse,
Virga Jesse,
Virga Jesse floruit,
Virgo Deum et hominem genuit:
Pacen Deus reddidit,
In se, reconcilians,
Ima summis.
Alleluia.

The rod of Jesse hath blossomed;
A Virgin hath brought forth God and man;
God hath restored peace,
Reconciling in Himself the lowest with the highest.
Alleluja.

 

Winter Song & Dreams Come True

A bit of a repeat to honor the season and put a little winter romance in the air. “Winter Song” by Dreams Come True, from the album Seventh of July Sunny Day (1996). Miwa Yoshida (lead vocals), Masato Nakamura (bass), and Takahiro Nishikawa (keyboards). This vid can only be watched at the Kingdom of T’Oob, but the other versions that follow below work as embeds.

English version

Japanese version, live