Pulcherrima Rosa & Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble

Pulcherrima Rosa, 15th Century Motet, sung by the Hilliard Ensemble with Jan Garbarek accompanying on tenor sax, Jesus College, Cambridge (1994). There was a whole album with Jan Garbarek and Hilliard called Officium, on ECM records. Youtubes with anything from that label are blocked, but fortunately we have this live performance.

“Pulcherrima Rosa” (The Most Beautiful Rose)

Pulcherrima rosa de spina floruit

Ex flore germinosa lilium genuit

Servans pudorem ex virgineo more

Peperit factura factura factorem.

Virgo singularis te nulla dignior

Fulgens stella maris luna lucidior

Sic succuristi regina mundo tristi

Eve matris sic quae noxam que solvisti.

Esto nobis grata tis aput filium

Mater advocata post hoc exilium

Nos per iuvamen pater natus ac flamen

Tuum mater virgo solvat omnes.

Amen.

Most Beautiful Rose, blooming from a thorn

From the budding flower, a Lily born

Serving modestly and in a Virginal way

The created one bore The Creator

Unique Virgin, no-one is worthy of you

Gleaming Star of The Sea, Light and The Moon

Serving modestly and in a Virginal way

The created one bore The Creator

Such succour Queen of this sad World

And Mother of Eve who lightens our punishment

Serving modestly and in a Virginal way

The created one bore The Creator

Freely for us, beside your Son, Mother and witness

After this Earthly exile

Serving modestly and in a Virginal way

The created one bore The Creator.

Amen.

Holiday Reblog & Swingle Singers & Christmas Medley

The incomparable Swingle Singers, with a long Medley from their album Noels Sans Passeport (1968) (Hey, I figured out what that means!) and the “White Christmas” with words at the end is from The Story of Christmas (1998).

Jingle Bells, El Noi De La Mare, Hanej – Nynej – Jezisku, Canzone Dei Zampognari, Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes, Oh Tannenbaum, La Peregrinacion, Go Tell It On the Mountain, Away In A Manger, White Christmas (without words), White Christmas (with words).

Advent Reblog & Mariah Carey & O Holy Night

Recorded in LA (2000) I think.

This is the best rendition of O Holy Night that I know. The studio version on Mariah’s classic Christmas album (1994) is also great, but this one has some additional touches (i.e. the organ, and a bigger role for the choir) and is even better. Also, great live Gospel energy.