King’s College Choir, Cambridge, directed by Stephen Cleobury
The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, with music by Angelika, from Benedictions (2006).
First antiphone with psalm 109/110 from the vesper “o vis aeternitatis.” at Abbey St. Hildegard.
Sung by Schola of the Benedictines Abbey St. Hildegard, Eibingen. Directed by Johannes Berchmanns Göschl and Sr. Christiane Rath OSB. Recorded 1997. Thanks to Youtuber prosepp.
I just stumbled upon St. Hildegard. Quite the character in many ways.
London Philharmonic Choir and London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tiffin School Boys’ Choir, directed by Klaus Tennstedt (1986). Soloists : Elizabeth Connell, Edith Wiens, Felicity Lott (sopranos), Trudliese Schmidt, Nadine Denize (mezzosopranos), Richard Versalle (tenor), Jorma Hynninen (baritone), Hans Sotin (bass).
ADDENDUM: Must be vinyl. The record skips in a handful of places. Amazing lack of pops and fizzes otherwise, though, if this is vinyl.
Sergei Rchmaninoff, “Blazhen Muzh” (Blessed is the man) from Verspers, sung by Tenebrae Choir, directed by Nigel Short.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked.
The Lord knows the way of the righteous, and the way of the wicked will perish.
Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice in Him with trembling.
Blessed is he who puts his trust in Him.
Arise, Lord, save me, my God.
The Lord is the savior of the people of His blessing.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and forever more. Amen.
Alleluia. Glory to You, God.
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Legend (The Crown of Roses),” sung by Tenebrae, directed by Nigel Short, performed at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia (2012).
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.
First, we present Steeleye Span, the great folk rock band that often gets mixed up with Steely Dan, from their 35th anniversary tour (2004).
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,
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,
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:
Undelux est orta
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,
Salus Regi nostro.
Our congregation lustily rejoices now,
Giving blessing to God, our Saviour and King.
“Virga Jesse” by Anton Bruckner, performed by the Zurich Boy’s Choir.
Virga Jesse floruit,
Virgo Deum et hominem genuit:
Pacen Deus reddidit,
In se, reconcilians,
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.
Repeat of last week’s Sunday selection but with Franz Biebl’s original arrangement for male choir, excellently sung by the group Cantus.
No need for clapping with devotional music, IMO! Kind of ruins it. But I guess it was a concert context.