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Palestrina & Jesu, Rex Admirabilis & Sunday Music

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, “Jesu, rex admirabilis,” The Monteverdi Choir, directed by John Eliot Gardiner (2006), recorded in London, 2005.

Jesu, rex admirabilis
et triumphator nobilis,
dulcedo ineffabilis,
totus desiderabilis,

mane nobiscum, Domine,
et nos illustra lumine,
pulsa mentis caligine,
mundum reple ducedine.

Jesus, wondrous king
and noble conqueror,
ineffable delight,
wholly to be desired,

remain with us, Lord,
dispel the darkness of our minds
and enlighten us with your light,
fill the world with your sweetness.


8 responses to “Palestrina & Jesu, Rex Admirabilis & Sunday Music

  1. A fine little gem of Palestrina. Did this with my group a couple of years ago. The Gardiner recording is just great.

  2. Very beautiful. Although it immediately put me into a “Brother Cadfael” movie. Although I don’t remember hearing that exact rendition in any of the films.

    • wdydfae

      Thanks, Fannie. I’ll have to chase down Brother C. Never heard of it!

      • There are 13 films in all, based on Ellis Peter’s books about a 13th century monk who solves murder mysteries in England during a time of civil unrest. The lead actor is Derek Jacobi. My favorites are “Virgin in the Ice” and “The Leper of St. Giles”. They are all worth watching.

    • wdydfae

      Sounds neat! I’ll be on the lookout for it. Kind of like Father Brown meets The Name of the Rose . . .

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