03. April 2015 · Comments Off on Es ist vollbracht (St. John Passion by J. S. Bach) · Categories: Holy Days

Ben Williamson, Countertenor; Jonathan Mann, Conductor; Jonathan Rees, Viola da Gamba; Julia Kuhn & James Toll, Violins; Aliye Francis, Viola; Gavin Kibble, Cello; Jamie Akers, Theorbo; Tom Foster, Harpsichord; Matthew Jolly & Emma Goodman, Videographers; Alex Barnes, Sound Engineer; Laura Bowler, Director; Alex Barnes, Editor

Es ist vollbracht!
It is accomplished!
O Trost vor die gekränkten Seelen!
What comfort for all suffering souls!
Die Trauernacht
The night of sorrow
Läßt nun die letzte Stunde zählen.
now reaches its final hours.
Der Held aus Juda siegt mit Macht
The hero from Judah triumphs in his might
Und schließt den Kampf.
and brings the strife to an end.
Es ist vollbracht!
It is accomplished!

23. April 2011 · Comments Off on Lamentation for Holy Saturday · Categories: Holy Days


Tomás Luis de Victoria (Ávila, 1548 – Madrid, 1611)

Intérpretes: The Tallis Scholars (Peter Phillips)
Imágenes: Vidrieras de la Catedral de San Antolín (Palencia)


Misericordiae Domini,
quia non sumus consumpti:
quia non defecerunt miserationes eius.

Bonum est viro
cum portaverit iugum ab adolescentia sua.

Ierusalem, Ierusalem,
convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.

HETH It is because of the Lord’s mercy
that we are not consumed:
because his compassions fail not.

TETH It is good for a man
when he has borne the yoke from his youth.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
turn to the Lord your God.

22. April 2011 · Comments Off on Good Friday · Categories: Holy Days

Palestrina: Lamentations (part 2)
Hilliard Ensemble

Heth : Teth : Iod (Good Friday, Lesson 1)
HETH Cogitavit Dominus dissipare murum filiae Sion: tetendit funiculum suum, et non avertit manum suam a perdtione: Iuxitque antemuraele, et murus pariter dissipatus est.
TETH Defixae sunt in terra portae eius: perdidit, et contrivit vectes eius: Regem eius et principes eius in gentibus: non est lex, et prophetae eius non invenerunt visionem a Domino.
IOD Sederunt in terra, conticuerunt senes filiae Sion: consperserunt cinere capita sua, accincti sunt ciliciis, abiecerunt in terram capita sua virgines Iuda.
Ierusalem, Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.

Lamed : Mem : Nun (Good Friday, Lesson 2)
LAMED Matribus suis dixerunt: Ubi est triticum et vinum? Cum deficerent quasi vulnerati in plateis civitatis: cum exhalarent animas suas in sinu matrum suarum.
MEM Cu comparabo te? Vel cui assimilabo te, filia Ierusalem? Cui exaequabo te, et consolabor te, virgo filia Sion? Magna est enim velut mare contritio tua: quis medebitur tui?
NUN Prophetae tui viderunt tibi falsa et stulta, nec aperiebant iniquitatem tuam, ut te ad paenitentiam provocarent: viderunt autem tibi assumptiones falsas, et eiectiones.
Ierusalem, Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.

The Hilliard Ensemble

‘Ah, gentle Jesu!’
Who is that, that doth me call?
‘I, a sinner, that oft doth fall.’
What would’st thou have?
‘Mercy, Lord, of thee I crave.’
Why, lov’st thou me?
‘Yea, my Maker I call thee.’
Then leave thy sin, or I nill thee,
And think on this lesson that now I teach thee.
‘Ah, I will, I will, gentle Jesu.’

Upon the cross nailed I was for thee,
Suffered death to pay thy ransom;
Forsake thy sin, man, for the love of me
Be repentant, make plain confession;
To contrite hearts I do remission;
Be not despaired, for I am not vengeable;
Gain’ ghostly en’mies think on my passion;
Why art thou froward, sith I am merciable?
‘Ah, gentle Jesu!’

I had on Peter and Mawdlen pity;
Forthi contrite of thy contrition;
Saint Thomas of Indes incrudelity
He put his hands deep in my side a-down.
Roll up this matter; grave it in thy reason!
Sith I am kind, why art thou unstable?
My blood best triacle for thy transgression;
Be thou not froward, sith I am merciable!
‘Ah, gentle Jesu!’

Lord, on all sinful, here kneeling on knee,
Thy death remembering of humble affection,
O Jesu, grant of thy benignity
That thy five wells plenteous offusion,
Called thy five wounds by computation,
May wash us all from surfeits reprovable.
Now for thy mother’s meek mediation,
At her request be to us merciable.
‘Ah, gentle Jesu!’

21. April 2011 · Comments Off on Maundy Thursday · Categories: Holy Days

Palestrina: Lamentations (part 1)
Hilliard Ensemble
Incipit : Aleph : Beth (Maundy Thursday, Lesson 1)
Incipit lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae.
ALEPH Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo: Facta est quasi vidua domina Gentium: Princeps provinciarum facta est sub tributo.
BETH Plorans ploravit in nocte, et lacrimae eius in maxillis eius: Non est qui consoletur eam ex omnibus caris eius: Omnes amici eius spreverunt eam, et facti sunt ei inimici
Ierusalem, Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.

20. April 2011 · Comments Off on Behold The Bridegroom · Categories: Holy Days

I posted this at my other site, but I’ll go ahead and put it up here as well. After all, it’s Holy Week. (Those of you who don’t practice the same faith can choose to ignore … but the music IS pretty darn wonderful!)