Praetorius: Magnificat Quinti Toni
Siglo de Oro; Chris Fitzgerald-Lombard, Tenor Solo; Patrick Allies, Conductor

Javier Busto: Magnificat
Dupljanka Women’s Choir; Katja Klancnik, Conductor

Arvo Pärt: Magnificat
The Erebus Ensemble

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.
He puts forth his arm in strength
and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones
and raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers,
to Abraham and his sons for ever.
My soul glorifies the Lord.

Veni, veni Emmanuel
Traditional, arranged by Philip Lawson

Taken from The King’s Singers’ new ‘Christmas’ DVD, recorded in Jerwood Hall at LSO St Lukes.

Rachmaninoff: Bogoroditse Devo
Voces8

Rejoice, virgin mother of God,
Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
for you have borne the Savior of our souls.

I know there are some who have recently suffered losses that make this holiday season so very difficult. Of course some of us suffered losses not-so-recently and we still miss our dear ones greatly. I’m posting this for anyone who needs the beauty.

This is written by a young composer, JW Keckley. He is singing in the choir. I don’t know the story behind the work, but I suspect it may have been written for a family member, as someone comments, “That is a beautiful song and a wonderful tribute to your father. He would be very very proud of you.”

Indeed.

Lux aeterna
St. Olaf Choir; Anton Armstrong

“Lux æterna luceat eis, Domine,
cum sanctis tuis in æternum,
quia pius es.

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine;
et lux perpetua luceat eis.”

“May everlasting light shine upon them, Lord,
with your saints forever,
for you are kind.

Grant them eternal rest, Lord,
and may eternal light shine upon them.”

Gabriel’s Message
Swingle Singers

Veni Redemptor Gentium (Andrew Smith)
New York Polyphony

Gabriel from Heaven’s King, Anon. 13th-century, arr. R. Duffin
Quire Cleveland; Ross W. Duffin, Conductor

December 22, 2011, at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland. This piece, also known as “Angelus ad virginem” (under which title it is mentioned in Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale), seems to date from the 13th century. Our arrangement is based on two music manuscripts of the 14th century, and presents the sayings of Gabriel by the men, and the sayings of Mary by the women. The middle-English text is comprehensible but a little difficult to understand, so we have used the modern English version by the romantic poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins.
The soloists are Judith Overcash, Tracy Cowart, and Debra Nagy.

Once In Royal David’s City, arranged for eight part a cappella choir by Philip Stopford
Ecclesium