A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 20

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Today’s musical meditation comes from the great Thomas Tallis and is about as traditionally Lenten as one can be (at least musically): The Lamentations of Jeremiah. I’m sharing this particular recording for two reasons. The first? While I’m usually a More-Is-More kind of guy, I really love the tightness and sparseness of this version. And second? [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 19

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A short (but wonderfully sweet) setting of the Our Father from the famous Frenchman, Maurice Duruflé. Notre Père qui es aux cieux,que ton nom soit sanctifié,que ton règne vienne,que ta volonté soit faite sur la terrecomme au ciel.Donne nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour,pardonne-nous nos offensescomme nous pardonnons aussi à ceuxqui nous ont offensés,et ne nous [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 18

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“Virgo virginum praeclara” from Agustino Steffani’s Stabat Mater. Virgo virginum præclara,mihi iam non sis amara,fac me tecum plangere. Virgin of all virgins blest,Listen to my fond request,let me share thy grief divine. Attribution(s): “Crucifixion” by Evgraf Semenovich Sorokin and licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons;” Bells” via Shutterstock. [Read more...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 17

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Taking things in a different direction once again — tacking away from yesterday’s Early (If Strange) Sacred Music — for something much more recent. Something even more unusual (despite the undeniable strangeness of Gesualdo). And something that is also, in a bit of a departure from my prior selections, much longer. It’s the nearly-contemporary (1981, [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 16

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Fresh off yesterday’s brief (but super-exciting) detour through Rachmaninoff’s Vigil, here’s the last of our “O vos omneses.” (At least for now). This one’s from the Late Italian Rennaisance composer (and nobleman and…ahem…murderer) Carlo Gesualdo. His stuff’s astonishingly dissonant (given his era) and wonderfully unpredictable, and this piece is pretty much a perfect example. (Just listen to how quickly it [Read More...]

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URGENT PSA: Charles Bruffy’s Choirs and Rachmaninoff’s Vigil, Now Streaming on iTunes Radio

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In the past few days, as part of #MyLentInMusic project, I have spoken of my attachment to the wonderful work of Charles Bruffy and his Chorales — both Phoenix and Kansas City. What I have not yet spoken of (but which is no less true) is my attachment to the wonderful (and wonderfully Lenten) All-Night Vigil of Sergei [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 14

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Inspired by yesterday’s selection, here’s another setting of “O vos omnes,” this time from the masterful Tomás Luis de Victoria. This particularly setting serves as the fourteenth of his Tenebrae Responsories, of which there are eighteen. All are worthy additions to any Lenten Listening List. (And all are here, thanks to The Sixteen.) O vos omnes qui [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 13

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Today’s Lenten musical selection is a traditional Holy Week motet from the lengthily-monikered Pau Carles Salvador Casals i Defilló: “O vos omnes.” Master Defilló (aka, Pablo Casals) is perhaps better known — OK, surely better known – for his transcendent performances as a cellist than for his compositions (or for his significant contributions as a teacher). And while his fame as a [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 12

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Heading back to Thursday’s entry for just a second, here’s the aforementioned Alexander Grechaninov’s “Behold the Bridegroom” from his aforementioned Passion Week. I saved it for Sunday to so as to offend our H-Word sensibilities as little as possible. Gorgeous. (The whole thing is not to be missed, actually.) Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia Behold the Bridegroom [Read More...]

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A Lenten Musical Journey, Day 11

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In keeping with the day, a Marian (but also Lenten) selection: “Quando corpus morietur” from the Stabat Mater of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. (I especially love the wavering strains of the “Amen.”) Quando corpus morietur, Fac, ut animæ donetur Paradisi Gloria. Amen When my body dies Grant that to my soul is given The glory of paradise. Amen Attribution(s): [Read More...]

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