Moses Hogan: I’m Gonna Sing ’til the Spirit Moves in My Heart
Jeremy Winston Chorale International; George Edwards, Soloist; Dr. Lloyd Mallory, Conductor

Richard Nance: Batter My Heart, Three Personed God
Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West; Richard Nance, Conductor

Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp’d town to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov’d fain,
But am betroth’d unto your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

Beautiful Savior, arr. F. Melius Christiansen
Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West; Richard Nance, Conductor

J.Stainer : God So Loved The world
Gracias Choir; Eunsook Park, Director

Precious Lord, arr. Jeremy Winston
Simone Paulwell, Soloist; Jeremy Winston, Director

14. January 2024 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , , , ,

György Orbán: Missa Quinta, Kyrie
Batavia Madrigal Singers

07. January 2024 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , , ,

Yaichkov: Alliluia
Russian Orthodox Male Choir of Australia; Alex Dmitrieff, Soloist; Nektary Kotlaroff, Conductor

31. December 2023 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , , ,

Mitt hjerte alltid vanker; arr. Blake Morgan
VOCES8

My heart always wanders
To the birthplace of our Lord.
All my thoughts are gathered there
In their purest sum.
There, my longing finds its home
There is the treasure of my faith.
I can never forget you,
O blessed Christmas night!

O come, Lord!
I will open my heart and my mind
And full of longing sigh:
“Comest thou in, Jesus!”
That home can be no strangerTo you, who made it free.
So surely you will stay here,
Faithfully swathed in my heart.

I would willingly spread branches
Of palms around your manger.
For you — for you alone
I will gladly live and die.
Come, let my soul find
That state of joy again:
You are born in here
In the deep within my heart.

19. December 2023 · Comments Off on Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier · Categories: Choral, Christmas · Tags: , , ,

This first video is from the Bach Oratorio and is the first verse of the text:

I stand before Thy manger fair,
My Jesus, Life from heaven!
I come, and unto Thee I bear
What Thou to me hast given.
Receive it, for ’tis mind and soul,
Heart, spirit, strength—receive it all,
And deign to let it please Thee.

But then I found this work, which has more verses (but there are quite a few more than even these!). The Calmus Ensemble is singing, and the composer is Ludwig Böhme. I thought it quite lovely.

I stand before Thy manger fair,
My Jesus, Life from heaven!
I come, and unto Thee I bear
What Thou to me hast given.
Receive it, for ’tis mind and soul,
Heart, spirit, strength—receive it all,
And deign to let it please Thee.

When I as yet had not been born,
Then hadst Thou been born for me
And chosen me to be Thine own,
Thy mercy shedding o’er me.
Before I by Thy hand was made,
Thou hadst the plan in order laid,
How Thou Thyself shouldst give me.

I lay still in death’s deepest night,
Till Thou, my Sun, arising,
Didst bring joy, pleasure, life, and light,
My wakened soul surprising.
O Sun, who dost so graciously
Cause faith’s good light to dawn in me,
How lovely is Thy radiance!

With rapture do I gaze on Thee,
Nor can enough adore Thee,
Pow’r more to do is not in me,
I’ll praise and bow before Thee.
Oh that my mind were an abyss,
My soul a sea, wide, bottomless,
That so I might embrace Thee.

One thing I bid Thee grant to me,
My Savior, ne’er deny me,
That I may evermore have Thee,
Within and on and by me.
And let my heart Thy cradle be,
Come, come and lay Thee down in me,
With all Thy joys and treasures!

Here is the German:

Ich steh an deiner Krippen hier,
o Jesu, du mein Leben;
ich komme, bring und schenke dir,
was du mir hast gegeben.
Nimm hin, es ist mein Geist und Sinn,
Herz, Seel und Mut, nimm alles hin
und laß dir’s wohlgefallen.

Da ich noch nicht geboren war,
da bist du mir geboren
und hast mich dir zu eigen gar,
eh ich dich kannt, erkoren.
Eh ich durch deine Hand gemacht,
da hast du schon bei dir bedacht,
wie du mein wolltest werden.

Ich lag in tiefster Todesnacht,
du warest meine Sonne,
die Sonne, die mir zugebracht
Licht, Leben, Freud und Wonne.
O Sonne, die das werte Licht
des Glaubens in mir zugericht’,
wie schön sind deine Strahlen!

Ich sehe dich mit Freuden an
und kann mich nicht satt sehen;
und weil ich nun nichts weiter kann,
bleib ich anbetend stehen.
O daß mein Sinn ein Abgrund wär
und meine Seel ein weites Meer,
daß ich dich möchte fassen!

Eins aber, hoff ich, wirst du mir,
mein Heiland, nicht versagen,
dass ich dich möge für und für in,
bei und an mir tragen,
so lass mich doch dein Kripplein sein,
komm, komm und lege bei mir ein
dich und all deine Freuden.

17. December 2023 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Advent, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , , , , ,

Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
WDR Radio Choir; Simon Halsey, Conductor