Posts Tagged ‘ Boys’ Choirs ’

Poznański Chór Chłopięcy (Poznań Boys’ Choir) Rachmaninov "Blazhen Muzh"

April 17, 2012

My last posting on the superb  Poznań Boys’ Choir (Poznański Chór Chłopięcy) dealt with their performance of Sykulski's "Peace Meditation" (if you haven't heard it take a few minutes to listen to it here : Poznański Chór Chłopięcy: Peace Meditation | Saturday Chorale I promise you you'll be glad you did). For this posting I've picked their performance of the third movement of Rachmaninov's All-Night Vigil Op. 37, "Blazhen Muzh" ('Blessed is the man') given at their concert held in l'église Saint-Louis de Vincennes, on December 3rd 2011.

Rachmaninov always seems to me to be one of the most unlikely candidates to set to music one of the Russian Orthodox Church’s most sacred rites. The contrast with his Second Symphony, his Second and Third Piano Concertos, to say nothing of his Paganini Rhapsody, could hardly be greater. Instead of being highly gregarious the  the All-Night Vigil gazes inward and back. Rachmaninov drew upon the techniques he employed in the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, op.31 and on centuries of Russian chant. It's a brilliant achievement sung here by what to my mind is one of the best choirs in Europe. I've included the text, a transliteration, and a translation below the fold. Enjoy :-).


Source: Rachmaninov- Choeur de garçons de Poznań (Pologne) - "Blazhen Muzh" – YouTube Uploaded by parisBbg on Dec 9, 2011

Text: Rachmaninov "Blazhen Muzh"

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Libera: Exsultate – Live

April 14, 2012

Libera sing 'Exsultate' for Sunday worship service at the Moody Church, Chicago

Lyrics are below the fold. Enjoy :-).


Video Source: Libera - Exsultate (Live!) – YouTube Uploaded by MegaJimmyRiddle on Jul 31, 2011

Lyrics: Exsultate Lyrics

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Wednesday Earwig: Escolania Escorial: Ensayo de un Concierto (Mozart)

April 11, 2012

I couldn't resist posting this they so clearly enjoyed singing it – it's from the 2006 concert given by the Escolania Escorial for the boys' families. The soloist and conductor was Manuel Almendral – aged ten at the time. Enjoy :-).


Source: Escolania Escorial: Ensayo de un Concierto (Mozart) – YouTube Uploaded by EscolaniadelEscorial on 10 Feb 2010

Libera: How Shall I Sing that Majesty –

April 4, 2012

This recording of How Shall I Sing was transmitted on Songs of Praise on 1 April 2012

Video Source: How Shall I Sing that Majesty – YouTube Uploaded by OfficialLibera on Apr 1, 2012

Enjoy :-).


Lyrics: How Shall I Sing that Majesty

How great a being, which doth all beings keep
Thy knowledge the only line to sound so vast a deep

Thou art a sea without a shore, a sun without a sphere
Thy time is now and evermore, Thy place is everywhere

How shall I sing that Majesty which angels do admire?
Let dust in dust and silence lie
Sing, sing, ye heavenly choir

Libera: Stay with me

March 31, 2012

Video and lyrics source: Libera - Stay with me – YouTube Uploaded by liberaofficial on Oct 7, 2007

Lyrics: Stay with me

You are everything I know
Which ever way I go
For ever stay with me

Venite angeli
Cantate domino

You see me through when ever I'm afraid
However far away
For ever comfort me

You're on my side whichever way I choose
In everything I do
For ever stay with me


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