The Christmas Vespers Psalm 112, Laudate Pueri, by Alessandro Grandi. High Definition video from the Venetian Christmas Vespers Concert, December, 2013, performed on original instruments by the Early Music ensemble Voices of Music. Featuring (Left to Right) Laura Heimes and Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos; John Taylor Ward, baritone; William Skeen, viola da gamba; David Tayler, archlute and Hanneke van Proosdij, baroque organ.
Scored for three voices and continuo, Grandi’s Vespers psalms of 1630 present a unique way of declaiming text: each section is framed with an individual rhythmic and harmonic profile, and the three singers combine for solos, duos and trios, using rhythmic shapes that allow the text to be clearly heard at all times; at the same time, the rhythm is set in a way that allows each singer to flex the word groups according to the internal accent, meter and syllable length of the psalms. In his setting of the Psalm texts, Grandi provides a refined intellectual splendor: the words of the psalms are elevated above ostentation into a world of pure rhetoric.
Voices of Music
Hanneke van Proosdij & David Tayler, directors
Laura Heimes & Jennifer Ellis Kampani, sopranos
John Taylor Ward, baritone
William Skeen, viola da gamba
Hanneke van Proosdij, baroque organ
David Tayler, archlute
1 Laudate, pueri, Dominum; laudate nomen Domini.
2 Sit nomen Domini benedictum ex hoc nunc et usque in saeculum.
3 A solis ortu usque ad occasum laudabile nomen Domini.
4 Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus, et super caelos gloria ejus.
5 Quis sicut Dominus Deus noster, qui in altis habitat,
6 et humilia respicit in caelo et in terra?
7 Suscitans a terra inopem, et de stercore erigens pauperem:
8 ut collocet eum cum principibus, cum principibus populi sui.
9 Qui habitare facit sterilem in domo, matrem filiorum laetantem.
1 Praise the Lord, ye servants: O praise the Name of the Lord.
2 Blessed be the Name of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.
3 The Lord’s Name is praised: from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.
4 The Lord is high above all heathen: and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high:
and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth?
6 He taketh up the simple out of the dust: and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
7 That he may set him with the princes: even with the princes of his people.
8 He maketh the barren woman to keep house: and to be a joyful mother of children. (Psalm 113)