26 May 2007

Musica Sacra: Pentacost 2007

...You who go up through the sheepfolds to the hill, if by chance you see Him I love most, tell Him I am sick, I suffer, and I die.
~ Saint John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle

Blessed Feast of Pentacost! Tomorrow's Noon Mass music promises to be absolutely glorious! The choir will be singing Vierne's Missa Solenelle. If you have not heard this piece written for choir and two organs, I urge you to buy the version by the Westminister Cathedral Choir. It is by far the best performance I have heard yet of this soul-stirring music. It reminds me of the first time I heard the Tallis Scholars perform a Victoria motet ~ there is no other word for the experience except ectasi-sensual. I know ~ that's not really a word. But the only other word I can think of would be scandalous to all save fellow melancholics and readers of the poetry of Saint John of the Cross. :-) Just take my word for it ~ you need to add this missa to your music collection.

Pentecost (May 27, 2007)

Opening # 267 Come Holy Ghost / Introitus
Sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus
Offertory Offertorium / Motet: Confirma Hoc, Deus – W. Byrd
Communion Communio / Motet: Panis Angelicus – R. Rice
Recessional # 524 Sing Praise to Our Creator

Messe Solennelle – L. Vierne

If you are in the area, I hope to see you there!

Oremus pro invicem,
Mikaela
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