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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Jul 13

Der 2. Psalm: Warum toben die Heiden [Why do the nations rage] (Psalm 2:1-12) – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

 

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait...

English: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, portrait by Edward Magnus 1846 Deutsch: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Portrait von Edward Magnus 1846 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 2:1-12 [German]

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

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

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

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.

Warum toben die Heiden from Drei Psalmen (1843), composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)

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MP3: Warum toben die Heiden, Op. 78, No. 1 / Psaume 2 / Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe and La Chapelle Royale / Harmonia Mundi

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Mendelssohn: Drei Psalmen op. 78 composed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). Edited by David Brodbeck. This edition: Paperbound. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. German title: Drei Psalmen op. 78. Sacred, Motets; Stuttgart Urtext editions; Occasions: Psalms. Full score. Composed 1843/44. 88 pages. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.4012500)

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Apr 14

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

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1873 – 1943

Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1873 – 1943 (Image via Wikipedia)

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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Oct 21

Why fumeth in fight (Psalm 2:1-2) – Thomas Tallis

 

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585

Thomas Tallis, c. 1505–1585 (Image via Wikipedia)

Psalm 2:1-2

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed,

[Psalter text by Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Parker:]

Why fum’th in fight the Gentiles spite, in fury raging stout?
Why tak’th in hand the people fond, vain things to bring about?
The Kings arise, the Lords devise, in counsels met thereto,
against the Lord with false accord, against His Christ they go.

Why fumeth in fight (published in 1567), the third of nine tunes contributed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) for Archbishop Parker’s Psalter. As Parker described it, “The third doth rage: and roughly bray’th.” Nearly 350 years later, it was the inspiration for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.


Performed by Alamire, directed by David Skinner


Performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrew Davis
“At the Gloucester Cathedral (where it in 1910 was played for the first time and conducted by Vaughan Williams himself)”

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MP3: Third Tune: Why fum’th in fight, performed by Stile Antico, from the album Heavenly Harmonies / Harmonia Mundi

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