Friday, October 11, 2013

Thomas Tallis' Spem in Alium à 40 Sung by The Sixteen Directed by Harry Christophers with the Laurenscantorij and Guest Singers Directed by Wiecher Mandemaker


Surely, this piece is one the pinnacles, if not the pinnacle, of Western music, pretty much as close to Heaven as we can get on Earth. The text:
    Spem in alium nunquam habui
    praeter in te, Deus Israel,
    qui irasceris et propitius eris,
    et omnia peccata hominum
    in tribulatione dimittis.
    Domine Deus,
    creator coeli et terrae
    respice humilitatem nostram.
    I have never founded my hope
    on any other than thee. O God of Israel,
    who shalt be angry, and yet be gracious,
    and who absolvest all the sins of mankind
    in tribulation.
    Lord God,
    creator of heaven and earth,
    be mindful of our lowliness.

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