02. December 2020 · Write a comment · Categories: Advent · Tags: ,

Marianne Beate’s Advent Calendar

Reger: Maria Wiegendlied

From the YouTube Page:
Marianne Beate Kielland, mezzosoprano
Ole Christian Haagenrud, piano

Recorded in Bislett, Oslo, Norway. Many thanks to Bradley & Trond

…begins today. When I posted my music for Sunday I was going by the church calendar, and with that Advent begins counting back four Sundays from Christmas, so it begins in late November. But for those with Advent calendars, and those who go by the “it starts in December” today is Day One.

I opened up YouTube to see if anything new was posted that would fit for next week’s Sunday music posts, and was delighted to see something new by Norwegian mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland. As long as she posts these I will share them with you as well. I love her Advent calendar idea!

Bach: O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild (BWV 493)
Marianne Beate Kielland

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
VOCES8

Today is not only Sunday, but it is also the first day of Advent. This year I’m giving myself a break — I’m not attempting to find “true” Advent music, so you will see Christmas as well as Advent music for the next four Sundays. (And no, I’m not posting daily as I’ve done in the past.) I am not featuring only virtual choirs either, as I’m not at all sure I could find enough for so many posts. This first one, though, does show the singers more distanced than the norm. It was premiered on November 1, 2020.

Giovanni Gabrieli: O Magnum Mysterium
Sofia Vokalensemble

Lyrics:
O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
iacentem in praesepio!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Iesum Christum.
Alleluia!

Translation:
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin
whose womb was worthy to bear Christ the Lord.
Alleluia!

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Sibelius: Giv mig ej glans
Zero8

There are a number of translations of this carol and you can read them here.

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Gustav Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter
The Washington Master Chorale; Thomas Colohan, Conductor

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Philip Lawson: Away In A Manger
The Gesualdo Six at Ely Cathedral

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Mary’s Hiding, arr. Beaudrot
Atlanta Master Chorale; Dr. Eric Nelson, Conductor

Before these possessions you love
slip away, say what Mary said
when she was surprised by Gabriel.

I’ll hide inside God.

Naked in her room
she saw a form of beauty
that could give her new life.

Like the sun coming up,
or a rose as it opens,
she leaped, as her habit was,
out of herself into the presence.

There was fire in the channel of her breath.
Light and majesty came.

I am smoke from that fire
and proof of its existence,
more than any external form.

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Thomas Tallis: O Nata Lux
The Gesualdo Six; Matilda Lloyd, trumpet

This is the Truth Sent from Above, arr. Vaughan Williams, final verse harmonisation by Owain Park
Gesualdo Six