For this week’s "Saturday Chorale" I’ve picked Thomas Tallis’ "Salvator Mundi" being sung by «Herning Kirkes Drengekor» (‘Herning Church Boys’ Choir’) in Berlin Cathedral . They performed the piece in connection with the filming of a documentary about the choir «En Stemme For Livet» ("The Voice of Life") .
I enjoy this performance whenever I listen to it. I also enjoy contemplating the phenomenon of a Lutheran choir of Danish boys, singing in Latin for a German audience in a German cathedral the music of a centuries dead English composer. A composer moreover who was rightly suspected by Elizabeth I’s government of being a crypto-Catholic. Such an unlikely combination of circumstances but oh how marvelous the result. They sing Tallis’ music with passion and conviction, and the resulting sound is very beautiful. Play it twice, the first time close your eyes, play it just for the music. The second to listen to the music and watch the audiences’ faces as they listen. The video, the lyrics and a translation to English are all below the fold. Enjoy :-)
Video Source: Salvator Mundi – Thomas Tallis – HKD – YouTube
Text: Salvator Mundi
Salvator mundi, salva nos,
O Saviour of the world, save us