Sunday, June 10, 2012

O Sacrum Convivium III

Here's Thomas Tallis' version of this Eucharistic hymn, sung by the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Here's Olivier Messaien's setting (which the choir at St. Mary the Virgin sang this morning at the Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi); this is The Cambridge Singers, with John Rutter conducting:

The text was written by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th Century; below are the Latin and English words.
O sacrum convivium! in quo Christus sumitur: recolitur memoria passionis eius: mens impletur gratia: et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur. Alleluia.

O sacred banquet! in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory to us is given to us. Alleluia.
Here, Psallentes sings the Gregorian antiphon, and they include this note: "The antiphon O sacrum convivium, from a sixteenth century Turnhout processionale (Flanders, ca. 1550)."

And here's Giovanni Viannini's Ambrosian chant version:

This is from the YouTube page:
O Sacrum convivium, Inno, Sallenda ambrosiana, nella liturgia della chiesa milanese, Studio del canto ambrosiano; Giovanni Vianini, Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis, 02 70.104.245,, Milano, Italia

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