Joyful Eastertide

 On this Easter morning, here is the Truro Cathedral Choir with Charles Wood’s late 19th century arrangement of a traditional Dutch Hymn, Vruechten (This Joyful Eastertide). Happy Easter!


Passion Music: Tying it Together

It’s no secret that I really like the modern hymns written by Stuart Townend and Keith and Kristyn Getty. Yesterday in church we sang The Resurrection Hymn– it’s become as essential for my Easter as “Christ The Lord is Risen Today” and “Low In the Grave He Lay“. The first Getty hymn I heard was “The Power of the Cross” at Easter five years ago at a church in Minneapolis. I was so touched by this hymn that when I got home, I set out to find everything else written by the Gettys.

While listening to this piece again morning, Jeff remarked that it ties together the entire Easter story and would be a great conclusion to this year’s week of Easter music. So here it is, sung by the Bob Jones University Singers, conducted by Craig Courtney (a great composer in his own right).

Passion Music: Surely, He Hath Borne Our Griefs

Handel’s Messiah is usually sung at Christmas but every time I have played or sung it, I strengthen my belief that it’s actually a piece that celebrates Easter. One of my favourite parts is this setting of Isaiah 53:4-6, which creates a bridge between yesterday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday tomorrow.

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows! He was wounded
For our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the
Chastisement of our peace was upon Him
And the Lord hath laid on Him, the iniquity of us all. 


Passion Music: Salvation is Created

Today is Good Friday. The message and meaning of this day is captured succinctly and beautifully by Pavel Chesnokov’s Spaséñiye Sodélal (Salvation is Created), sung here by the incomperable Salt Lake Vocal Artists.

Russian Text: Cпасение coдeлaл еси посреде земли, Боже. Аллилуия.
Spaséñiye, sodélal yesí posredé ziemlí, Bózhe. Allilúiya.

English Translation: Salvation is created, in midst of the earth, O God, O our God. Alleluia.

Passion Music: Bach Chorale

My favourite Bach chorale is “Wer Hat Dich So Geschlagen” from the St. John Passion. The text (translated below) paired with the music and sung by the Mondeverdi Choir – exquisite.

Who has struck you thus,
my Savior, and with torments
so evilly used You?
You are not at all a sinner
like us and our children,
You know nothing of transgressions.
I, I and my sins,
that can be found like the grains
of sand by the sea,
these have brought You
this misery that assails You,