James Rose is used to being underestimated. “Until the age of 11, I was in a special school, and then I asked my parents to move me into a mainstream one because I was getting bored,” he tells me. “I was being given work aimed at five- and six-year-olds.”


Ilyas Iliya: Avoonan dbishmayya (“Lord’s Prayer”)
CORO Vocal Artists; Matthew Oltman, Conductor

William Billings: David’s Lamentation
Fog City Singers

Vaughan Williams; I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say
Chant Claire Chamber Choir; Benjamin Bedroske, Director

Heyr himna smiour (Icelandic hymn)
Olga Vocal Ensemble

Hear, smith of the heavens,
what the poet asks.
May softly come unto me
thy mercy.
So I call on thee,
for thou hast created me.
I am thy slave,
thou art my Lord.

God, I call on thee
to heal me.
Remember me, mild one,
Most we need thee.
Drive out, O king of suns,
generous and great,
every human sorrow
from the city of the heart.

Watch over me, mild one,
Most we need thee,
truly every moment
in the world of men.
send us, son of the virgin,
good causes,
all aid is from thee,
in my heart.?

Felix Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden
Northwestern University Chorus; Donald Nally, Conductor; Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra; Victor Yampolsky, Conductor

Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich,
Herr Gott, zu unsern Zeiten;
Es ist doch ja kein andrer nicht,
Der für uns könnte streiten,
Denn du, unsr Gott, alleine.

Grant us peace graciously,
Lord God, in our time;
there is indeed no other
who could fight for us
than You, our God, alone.

Text: transl. Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)

Giovanni Croce: Veni in hortum meum
Munich University Choir; Verena Egger, Director