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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
No choir sings the spiritual “Look What They Doin’ To Jesus” better than the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Breathtaking.