John Rutter: Prayer of St. Patrick
Cambridge Singers; John Rutter

Irish Blessing: arr. Gavin David Lee
Trondhjems Studentersangforening; Gavin David Lee, Conductor

There are a few versions of the Irish blessing. I am sharing this first, but may share another in a while.

J. E. Moore: An Irish Blessing
Mixed Choir Juventus: Valdis Tomsons Director

Howlett Smith: Alleluia
L.A. Choral Lab; Michael Alfera, Director

Arvo Pärt: Nunc dimittis
SWR Vokalensemble; Marcus Creed, Director

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace:
Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum
Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:
Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto:
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.

English translation:

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen: thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared: before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles: and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

Maestro Ashkenazy, now 81 years old, is interviewed by Zsolt Bognár in a series created by Peter Hobbs. Such a fun listen! And what a charming man.

“I learned it, I better play it.” Gotta love that.

It’s quite fascinating to hear him talk about the different approach he had in the Soviet Union.

“If you go for fame and financial development, you have a problem. Just think of the music. If you play well, try again, try again. Play well. Don’t go for the career just go for the music you’re playing.”

Heinrich Schütz: Die mit Tränen säen
KammerChoir Saarbrücken; Georg Grün, Director

Die mit Tränen säen, werden mit Freuden ernten.
Sie gehen hin und weinen und tragen edlen Samen
und kommen mit Freuden und bringen ihre Garben.

Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.
He who goes out weeping, bearing seed for sowing
will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.

What a fun video this is! If you haven’t ever registered with Berlin Philharmonic you will have to do that first to watch it, but there is no charge for this particular video.

Go here.

Funny bit about a conductor and what the orchestra membres think:
“Because we usually think that we are better than the one up at the front. Of course, that’s a tongue-in-cheek comment.”

Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE the bit about giving the A.

“Of course it’s true that the oboe always plays Concert A. I don’t know, of course, if 150 years ago no one listened, like no one listens today when the oboe plays concert A. It’s a very outdated ritual and also total nonsense …”. Hah!

AND THEN THIS!

“Sometimes I just want to take it and snap it over my knee and say, why do I bother…”.

Yet of course he goes on and says he wouldn’t play anything else He also talks about oboists going crazy and male oboists losing their hair! Very funny.

“Oboists are crazier!” ;-)

“… and you can touch people with it.”

Which is what I try to do.

Do I succeed? I don’t know. But I try.

Pawel Bebenek: O Salutaris Hostia
Chór Katedry Warszawsko-Praskiej; Pawel Lukaszewski, Conductor; Lukasz Farcinkiewicz, Organ

O Salutaris Hostia is from the last two verses of Verbum Supernum, one of the five Eucharistic Hymns written by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) at the request of Pope Urban IV (1261-1264) when the Pope first instituted the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1264. The prayer is still used today, often at exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

O SALUTARIS Hostia
Quae caeli pandis ostium.
Bella premunt hostilia;
Da robur, fer auxilium.

Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria:
Qui vitam sine termino,
Nobis donet in patria.

Amen.

O SAVING Victim opening wide
The gate of heaven to all below.
Our foes press on from every side;
Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.

To Thy great name be endless praise
Immortal Godhead, One in Three;
Oh, grant us endless length of days,
In our true native land with Thee.

Amen.

“Its sound is very soothing, plaintive and I think slightly enigmatic”.

Our co-principal oboe Katharina Spreckelsen explores the mystery of the peculiar looking baroque instrument, the oboe da caccia.

I just love this gorgeous instrument!