Apr 14

Blazhen muzh [Blessed is the man] (Psalm 1:1,6; 2:11,12; 3:7,8) – Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1873 – 1943

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Psalm 1:1,6; 2:11,12; 3:7,8

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

7 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Blazhen muzh, 3rd movement of All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Opus 37 (1915), by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)


Performed by The University of Utah Singers, A Cappella Choir & Salt Lake Choral Artists, under the direction of Dr. Brady Allred

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MP3: Rachmaninoff: Vespers – Blazhen Muzh (Blessed is the man) / Robert Shaw Festival Singer / Telarc

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Blessed Is the Man. (Blazhen muzh). By Alexander Dmitriyevich Kastalsky (1856-1926). For SATB choir (div). Choral octavo. Language: Church Slavonic. Published by Musica Russica (MR.KS-035).

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Jun 25

Beatus vir [Blessed is the man], from Selva Morale e Spirituale (Psalm 112:1-10) – Claudio Monteverdi

 

Copy of a portrait of Claudio Monteverdi by Be...

Copy of a portrait of Claudio Monteverdi by Bernardo Strozzi, hanging in the Gallerie dall’Accademia in Venice (1640). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 112:1-10 [Latin]

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in theLord.

His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

 Beatus vir, from Selva Morale e Spirituale (1641) by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)


Performed by New Trinity Baroque, directed from the chamber organ by Predrag Gosta

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European Sacred Music by John Rutter (1945-). Edited by John Rutter. For Mixed Choir. Mixed Voices. Oxford Choral Classics Collections. Sacred, Choral Collection. Choral collection. 384 pages. Published by Oxford University Press

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