Sunday Music & Bach & Ich Habe Genug

Johann Sebastian Bach’s aria “Ich habe genug.” Soprano Carolyn Sampson performs with the Bach Collegium Japan, directed by Masaaki Suzuki (2008). Embedding is disabled but worth a watch directly on the T’oobs. This seems to be the prettiest version out there.

Ich habe genug,
Ich habe den Heiland, das Hoffen der Frommen,
Auf meine begierigen Arme genommen;
Ich habe genug!
Ich hab ihn erblickt,
Mein Glaube hat Jesum ans Herze gedrückt;
Nun wünsch ich, noch heute mit Freuden
Von hinnen zu scheiden.
I have enough,
I have taken the Savior, the hope of the righteous,
into my eager arms;
I have enough!
I have beheld Him,
my faith has pressed Jesus to my heart;
now I wish, even today with joy
to depart from here.

Bach & Sunday Music Christmas Oratorio

Now, just hold on there. This post is not like one of those Christmas trees that doesn’t get thrown away soon enough and sits there shedding dried up old needles past New Year’s Day. No, officially, Christmas keeps going until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, the Twelfth Day of Christmas. I’m in the clear. So, I offer you the first movement of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, which is not only still legit season-wise but also seems like an upbeat way to kick off our 2015 musical Sundays.

The Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Sunday Music & Bach & Kyrie Eleison & Miku Hatsune

Johann Sebastian Bach, “Kyrie Eleison,” sung by Miku Hatsune and vocaloid companions.

Taken from Prelude and Fugue No. 9 in E Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 878.

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison

Lord Have Mercy
Christ Have Mercy
Lord Have Mercy

Sunday Sacred Selections & Miku Hatsune

This is a first for me: sacred music by virtual vocaloid anime idol! I know it’s weird, but I actually like the timbre.

Vivaldi, Stabat Mater:

Bach, Chorus, St. Matthew Passion (orchestra is synthesized, too!):

And last week’s Ave Maria covered in vocaloid form by Miku! Would have been a lot better without the vibrato warble, IMO.