De Lassus’ seven-part setting of Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum (Psalm 134 Behold now, praise the Lord) sung below by the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Andrew Nethsingha accompanied by His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts is notable for its rich textures. De Lassus exploited to the full the opportunity to devise vocal combinations without ever resorting to bi-choral cliché. I like how all seven voices make their first combined entry at ‘omnes’ (all) in ‘Omnes servi domini‘ and the musical contrast he draws between ‘benedicite‘ where it’s the populace giving praise and asking to be blessed and ‘benedicat‘ where it’s the Lord doing the blessing. Enjoy :-).
Text & Translation: Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum
Ecce nunc benedicite Dominum
Behold now, praise the Lord