Oct 26

Geburt Christi [The Birth of Christ / When Jesus Our Lord] (Matthew 2:1-2; Numbers 24:17; Psalm 2:9) – Felix Mendelssohn

350px-felix_mendelssohn_bartholdy_by_eduard_magnusMatthew 2:1-2; Numbers 24:17; Psalm 2:9

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

“When Jesus, Our Lord” from Christus, Op. 97 (1846-47), composed by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-47)


Performed by Monteverdi Chor

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Christus, Op. 97, MWV A26: Part I: Geburt Christi

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When Jesus, Our Lord, from The New Church Anthem Book composed by Lionel Dakers. For SATB choir and keyboard. Mixed Voices. Sacred, Choral Collection. Paperback. 592 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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Oct 05

I am the Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1-5,7-8,10-11) – William Billings

William Billings

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Song of Solomon 2:1-5,7-8,10-11

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.

As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.

I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please.

The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.

10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.

11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

I am the Rose of Sharon (from The Singing Master’s Assistant, first published in 1778), composed by William Billings (1746-1800)


Performed by Quire Cleveland under Artistic Director Ross W. Duffin

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I am the rose of Sharon / Paul Hillier and His Majestie’s Clerkes / Early American Choral Music Vol. 1: Anthems and Fuging Tunes by William Billings / Harmonia Mundi

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I Am the Rose of Sharon composed by William Billings (1746-1800). Arranged by Richard C. Pisano. For Choral (SATB). Walton Choral. 16 pages. Walton Music #W2201. Published by Walton Music (HL.8500736).

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Sep 21

O come, let us sing unto the Lord (Psalm 95:1) – George Frideric Handel

So called „Chandos Portrait“ of George Frederi...

So called „Chandos Portrait“ of George Frederic Handel, formerly attributed to James Thornhill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 95:1

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

From Chandos Anthem no 8: Sonata and Chorus, O come, let us sing (HWV 253, c. 1717-1718) composed by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


Performed by Szczawnica Chamber Choir,
Musica Aeterna Bratislava
dir Agnieszka Żarska

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O come let us sing unto the Lord, HWV 253, “Chandos Anthem No. 8″: O come, let us sing unto the Lord, let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation (Chorus)

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Sep 07

Verily, verily I say unto you (John 6:53-56) – Thomas Tallis

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John 6:53-56

53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

Verily, verily I say unto you, composed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)


Performed by St. Joseph choir of Wekerle. Gergely Kaposi conducts the orchestra of Matthias Church.

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Tallis: Verily, verily I say unto you / The Tallis Scholars sing Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium / Gimell Records

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A Tallis Anthology composed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). Edited by John Milsom. Arranged by Milsom. For Mixed Choir. Mixed Voices. Sacred. Choral Collection. 128 pages. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193534100). 

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