VESPERS

BY MONTEVERDI
PERFORMED MARCH 2021
LIBRETTO

VESPRO DELLA BEATA VERGINE

For chorus & instruments, SV 206 (1610)

PERFORMED BY PINCHGUT OPERA AT CITY RECITAL HALL - MARCH 2021

Chloe Lankshear, Anna Sandström – sopranos
Anna Fraser -  mezzo-soprano
Max Riebl – countertenor

Louis Hurley, Richard Butler – tenors
David Greco, Andrew O’Connor – basses

Orchestra of the Antipodes
Erin Helyard –
chamber organ and conductor

LATIN



1. Versicle & Response - Deus in adiutorium meum

VERSICLE:
Deus in adiutorium meum intende.

RESPONSE:
Domine ad adiuvandum me festina.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in secula seculorum. Amen. Alleluia.

2. Psalm 109 [Anglican 110] - Dixit Dominus

Dixit Dominus Domino meo: sede a dextris meis, donec ponam inimicos tuos, scabellum pedum tuorum.

[Ritornello]

Virgam virtutis tuae emittet Dominus ex Sion: dominare in medio inimicorum tuorum. Tecum principium in die virtutis tuae; in splendoribus sanctorum: ex utero ante luciferum genui te.

[Ritornello]

Iuravit Dominus et non penitebit eum; tu es sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech. Dominus a dextris tuis confregit in die irae suae reges.

[Ritornello]

Iudicabit in nationibus, implebit ruinas: conquassabit capita in terra multorum. De torrente in via bibet: propterea exaltabit caput.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

ENGLISH



1. Versicle & Response - Deus in adiutorium meum

Versicle:
O God make speed to save me.

Response:
O Lord make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. as it was in the beginning, now and for ever, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

2. Psalm 109 [Anglican 110] - Dixit Dominus

The Lord said unto my Lord: sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstall.

[Ritornello]

The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Sion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thine is the foundation in the day of thy power; in the beauties of holiness I have born thee from the womb before the morning star.

[Ritornello]

The Lord hath sworn and will not repent; thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisadech. The Lord at thy right hand has broken kings in the day of his anger.

[Ritornello]

He will judge the nations, he will fill them with ruins: he will break the heads in the populous land. He shall drink of the torrent on the way; therefore he shall lift up his head.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.

3. Motet - Nigra Sum

Nigra sum sed formosa filiae Ierusalem. Ideo dilexit me Rex, et introduxit me in cubiculum suum et dixit mihi: Surge, amica mea, et veni. lam hiems transiit, imber abiit et recessit, flores apparuerunt in terra nostra; tempus putationis advenit.


4. Psalm 112 [113] - Laudate peuri

Laudate pueri Dominum: laudate nomen Domini. Sit nomen Domini benedictum, ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum. A solis ortu usque ad occasum, laudabile nomen Domini.

Excelsus super omnes gentes Dominus, et super caelos gloria eius. Quis sicut Dominus Deus noster, qui in altis habitat et humilia respicit in caelo et in terra, suscitans a terra inopem et de stercore erigens pauperem, ut collocet eum cum principibus, cum principibus populi sui? Qui habitare facit sterilem in domo, matrem filiorum laetantem.

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

3. Motet - Nigra Sum

Though the sun has turned my fair skin dark, I am beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem. So the King loved me, and led me in to his bedroom and said to me: Arise, my love, and come away. Now winter has passed, the rain has gone and flowers have appeared in our land; the time of pruning has come.

4. Psalm 112 [113] - Laudate peuri

Praise the Lord, ye children, praise the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord, from this time forth for evermore. From sunrise to sunset, the Lord’s name is worthy of praise.

The Lord is high above all nations and his glory above all nations and his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, who dwells on high and looks down on the humble things in heaven and earth, raising the helpless from the earth and lifting the poor man from the dungheap to place him alongside princes, with the princes of his people? He makes a home for the barren woman, a joyful mother of children.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.


5. Motet - Pulchra es

Pulchra es, amica mea, suavis et decora filia Ierusalem. Pulchra es, amica mea, suavis et decora sicut Ierusalem, terribilis sicut castrorum acies ordinata. Averte oculos tuos a me, quia ipsi me avolare fecerunt.

6. Psalm 121 [122] - Laetatus sum

Laetutus sum in his quae dicta sunt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus. Stantes erant pedes nostri in atriis tuis Ierusalem. Ierusalem, quae aedificatur ut civitas cuius participatio eius in idipsum. Illuc enim ascederunt tribus, tribus Domini, testimonium Israel ad confitendum nomini Domini.

Quia illic sederunt sedes in iudicio, sedes super domum David. Rogate quae ad pacem sunt Ierusalem et abundantia diligentibus te. Fiat pax in virtute tua et abundantia in turribus tuis. Propter fratres meos et proximos meos loquebar pacem de te. Propter domum Domini Dei nostri quaesivi bona tibi.


Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

5. Motet - Pulchra es

You are beautiful, my love, a sweet and comely daughter of Jerusalem. You are beautiful, my love, sweet and comely as Jersulaem, terrible as the sharp lines of a military camp. Turn your eyes from me, because they have put me to flight.

6. Psalm 121 [122] - Laetatus sum

I was glad when they said unto me: we shall go into the house of the Lord. Our feet were standing within thy gates, O Jerusalem; Jerusalem, which is built as a city that is compact together. For thither ascend the tribes, the tribes of the Lord, to testify unto Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

For there are the seats of judgement, the seats over the house of David. O pray for the peace of Jerusalem and may prosperity attend those who love thee. Peace be within thy strength, and prosperity within thy towers. For my brothers and my neighbour’s sake, I will ask for peace for thee; for the sake of the house of the Lord our God I have sought blessings for thee.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.

7. Motet - Duo Seraphim

Duo Seraphim clamabant alter ad alterum: Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth: plena est omnis terra gloria eius. Tres sunt qui testimonium dant in coelo: Pater, Verbum et Spiritus Sanctus; et hi tres unum sunt.

8. Psalm 126 [127] - Nisi Dominus

Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum, in vanum laboraverunt qui aedificant eam. Nisi Dominus custodierit civitatem, frustra vigilat qui custodit eam. Vanum est vobis ante lucem surgere: surgite postquam sederitis, qui manducatis panem doloris. Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum; ecce hereditas Domini, filii: merces, fructus ventris. Sicut sagittae in manu potentis: ita filii excussorum. Beatus vir qui implevit desiderium suum ex ipsis: non confundetur cum loquetur inimicis suis in porta.

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

7. Motet - Duo Seraphim

Two Seraphim were calling one to the other: Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. There are three who give testimony in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.

8. Psalm 126 [127] - Nisi Dominus

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise before dawn: rise when you have sat down, ye who eat the bread of sorrow, when he has given sleep to those he loves, Behold, children are an inheritance of the Lord, a reward, the fruit of the womb. As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so are children of the vigorous. Blessed is the man who has fulfilled his longing by them: he shall not be perplexed when he speaks to his enemies at the gate.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.

9. Motet - Audio coelum

Audi coelum verba mea, plena desiderio et perfusa gaudio.
                                                                                                                           Audio.

Dic, quaeso, mihi: Quae est ista quae consurgens ut aurora rutilat, ut

benedicam?
                                                                                                                           Dicam.

Dic, nam ista pulchra ut luna, electa ut sol replet laetitia terras, coelos,

maria.
                                                                                                                           Maria.

Maria Virgo illa dulcis, praedicata de propheta Ezechiel porta orientalis?
                                                                                                                          Talis.

Illa sacra et felix porta, per quam mors fuit expulsa, introducta autem vita.
                                                                                                                           Ita.

Quae semper tutum est medium inter homines et Deum, pro culpis remedium.
                                                                                                                          Medium.

Omnes! Omnes hanc ergo sequamur, qua cum gratia mereamur vitam aeternam. Consequamur.
                                                                                                                          Sequamur.

Praestat nobis Deus Pater hoc et Filius et Mater, cuius nomen invocamus, dulce miseris solamen.
                                                                                                                          Amen.

Benedicta es, Virgo Maria, in saeculorum saecula.

10. Psalm 147 [147 vv. 12-20] - Lauda, Ierusalem

Lauda Ierusalem, Dominum lauda Deum tuum, Sion.Quoniam confortavit seras portarum tuarum: benedixit filiis tuis in te. Qui posuit fines tuos pacem, et adipe frumenti satiat te. Qui emittit eloquium suum terrae: velociter currit sermo eius. Qui dat nivem sicut lanam nebulam sicut cinerem spargit. Mittit cristallum suum sicut bucellas ante faciem frigoris eius quis sustinebit? Emittet verbum suum, et liquefaciet ea: flabit spiritus eius, et fluent aquae. Qui annuntiat verbum suum Iacob iustitias et iudicia sua Israel. Non fecit taliter omni nationi et iudicia sua non manifestavit eis.

Gloria Patri, et Filio,et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

9. Motet - Audio coelum

Hear, o heaven, my words, full of desire and suffused with joy,
                                                                                                                            I hear.

Tell me, I pray: who is she who rising like the dawn, shines, that I may bless her?
                                                                                                                            I shall tell you.

Tell, for she is beautiful as the moon, exquisite as the sun which fills with joy the earth, the heavens and the seas.
                                                                                                                            Mary.

Mary, that sweet Virgin foretold by the prophet Ezechiel, gate of the rising
sun.
                                                                                                                             Such is she!

That holy and happy gate through which death was driven out, but life

brought in
                                                                                                                             Even so!

Who is always a sure mediator between man and God, a remedy for our sins.
                                                                                                                             A mediator.

All! So let us all follow her by whose grace we gain Eternal life. Let us seek
after her.
                                                                                                                             Let us follow.

May God the Father grant us this, and the Son and the Mother, on whose name we call, sweet solace for the unhappy.
                                                                                                                             Amen.

Blessed art thou, Virgin Mary, world without end.

10. Psalm 147 [147 vv. 12-20] - Lauda, Ierusalem

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: praise thy God, O Sion. For he hath strengthened the bars of your gates: he hath blessed thy children within thee. He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the cloud like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who will stand before his cold? He will send out his word and melt them: he will cause his wind to blow and the waters will flow. He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and he has not shown his judgments to them.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, now and for ever, world without end. Amen.

11. Sonata sopra - Sancta Maria

Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis.
                                                                                                                         [11 times]

12. Hymn - Ave maris stella

Ave maris stella, Dei mater alma, atque semper virgo, felix coeli porta. Sumens illud ave Gabrielis ore, funda nos in pace mutans Evae nomen.

[Ritornello]

Solve vincla reis, profer lumen caecis, mala nostra pelle, bona cunctis posce.

[Ritornello]

Monstra te esse matrem: sumat per te preces, qui pro nobis natus, tulit esse tuus.

[Ritornello]

Virgo singularis, inter omnes mitis, nos culpis solutos mites fac et castos.

[Ritornello]

Vitam praesta puram, iter para tutum, ut videntes Iesum semper collaetemur.

Sit laus Deo Patri, summo Christo decus, Spiritui Sancto, tribus honor unus. Amen.

11. Sonata sopra - Sancta Maria

Holy Mary, pray for us.
                                                                                                                            [11 times]

12. Hymn - Ave maris stella

Hail, star of the sea, life-giving mother of God and perpetual virgin, happy gate of heaven. Receiving that ‘ave’ from the mouth of Gabriel, keep us in peace, reversing the name ‘Eva’.

[Ritornello]

Loosen the chains from the guilty, bring forth light to the blind, drive out our ills, ask for blessings for all.

[Ritornello]

Show yourself to be his mother: may he receive through you our prayers who, born for us, deigned to be yours.

[Ritornello]

Peerless virgin, gentle above all others, when we are pardoned for our sins, make us gentle and pure.

[Ritornello]

Grant us a pure life, prepare a safe journey, so that seeing Jesus we may rejoice for ever.

Praise be to God the Father glory to Christ most high, and to the Holy Spirit, triple honour in one. Amen.

13. Magnificat

Magnificat anima mea Dominum.

Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.

Quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae, ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.

Quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est et sanctum nomen eius.

Et misericordia eius a progenie in progenies timentibus eum.

Fecit potentiam in brachio suo; dispersit superbos mente cordis sui.

Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles.

Esurientes implevit bonis, et divites dimisit inanes.

Suscepit Israel puerum suum, recordatus misericordiae suae,

Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros, Abraham et semini eius in secula.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.

Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

13. Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord,

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my saviour.

For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden, for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is his name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.

He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble and meek.

He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He remembering his mercy has holpen his servant Israel,

As the promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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