21. March 2021 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music · Tags: , , ,

God Is Seen, arr. Alice Parker
Concordia Choir; Michael Culloton, Conductor

God is Seen – arr. Alice Parker

Through all the world below God is seen all around,
Search hills and valleys through, there He’s found.
The growing of the corn, the lily and the thorn,
The pleasant and forlorn all declare: God is there,
In meadows dressed in green, God is seen.

See springing waters rise, fountains flow, rivers run,
The mist that veils the sky hides the sun.
Then down the rain doth pour, the ocean, it doth roar
And beat upon the shore; And all praise, in their ways,
The God who ne’er declines His designs.

The sun with all his rays speaks of God as he flies,
The comet in her blaze, ‘God’, she cries;
The shining of the stars, the moon, when she appears,
His awful name declares; See them fly through the sky,
And join the solemn sound all around.

Rosephanye Powell: Non Nobis Domine
Smule Anatolians Polyphonic Choir

“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to thy name give the glory”

20. December 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Advent, Christmas, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , , ,

The Angel Gabriel, arr. Pettman
The King’s Singers

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
VOCES8

29. November 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Advent, Christmas, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , , , ,

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!

26. November 2020 · Comments Off on i thank You God for most this amazing day · Categories: Thanksgiving · Tags: , ,

poem by e. e. cummmings, music by Eric Whitacre
Craig Hella Johnson, Conductor
Conspirare Choir
Jennie Olson, soprano soloist

22. November 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , ,

Kari Cruver Medina: We Thank Thee
Sung by Graveyard Girls (dir. Lauren Kastanas), Mägi Ensemble (dir. Heather MacLaughlin Garbes), Sound City Singers (dir. Johanna Olson), and Radiance (dir. Markdavin Obenza)

15. November 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music · Tags: , , ,

Caroline Shaw: “and the swallow” (based on Psalm 84)
Radiance Choir

How beloved is your dwelling place,
o lord of hosts,
my soul yearns, faints,
my heart and my flesh cry out.

The sparrow found a house,
and the swallow her nest,
where she may raise her young.

They pass through the Valley of Bakka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn also covers it with pools.

08. November 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Evening Music · Categories: Sunday Evening Music · Tags: , , ,

Owain Park: Night Prayer
The Gesualdo Six

To Thee before the close of day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That, with Thy wonted favour, Thou
Wouldst be our guard and keeper now.

From all ill dreams defend our sight,
From fears and terrors of the night;
Withhold from us our ghostly foe,
That spot of sin we may not know.

O Father, that we ask be done,
Through Jesus Christ, Thine only Son,
Who, with the Holy Ghost and Thee,
Doth live and reign eternally.

Amen.

Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David
The Gesualdo Six and the Sixth Form Choristers of Truro Cathedral Choir