Heinrich Schütz: Die mit Tränen säen
Collegium Vocale Seoul; Conducted by Kim Sunah

They who sow with tears will reap with joy.
The go out and weep and carry worthy seed,
And return with joy and bring their sheaves.

Gwyneth Walker: I Thank You God (text E. E. Cummings)
Luther College Aurora; Jennaya Robison

William Henry Monk: Abide with Me
Emma Brown, Mezzo-soprano; Olga Vocal Ensemble

Tatyana Yashvili: Holy God
Salutaris Choir; Olga Yanum, Conductor

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.”