MUSIC FOR HOLY WEEK

PALM SUNDAY

Victoria - Pueri Hebraeorum

"The children of the Hebrews threw their garments into the road,And cried out, saying: Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord."

A motet for Palm Sunday (published in 1572).
 

We hope you find these video resources useful.

The music is selected from our archive of CD recordings and live concert recordings.

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Charpentier - Le Reniement de St Pierre

Charpentier's oratorio depicting the events of Maunday Thursday (the betrayal of St Peter). Recorded in the National Centre for Early Music, York, 2000 and included on our earliest CD 'Desolata Est'.

GOOD FRIDAY

Stainer - The Crucifixion

Recorded live as an act of worship as part of our contribution to Holy Week  in York Minster, in April 2015, with Jason Darnell (tenor), Andrew Thompson (bass) and  David Pipe (organ). 

Macmillan - Miserere

Macmillan's powerful setting of Psalm 51, recorded live in concert in the Chapter House, York Minster, in April 2015.

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Macmillan - Seven Last Words of Christ

" Woman, behold thy son"

The choir repeat the text with a chorale-like texture, while the accompaniment becomes ever-more frantic.

Recorded live in concert in York Minster, March 2011, with David Pipe (organ). 

Lotti - Crucifixus a8

A piece enjoyed the world over, famous for its amazing harmonies.

Recorded in the Chapter House, York Minster, March 2019. 

Holy Saturday

Victoria - O vos omnes

"O all ye that pass by the way, attend and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow. Attend, all ye people, and see my sorrow: If there be any sorrow like to my sorrow."

Tenebrae Responsory for Holy Saturday, published in Officium Hebdomadae sanctae (1585).

Recorded live in concert, in the Chapter House, York Minster, April 2015.

Easter Day

Victoria - Vexilla regis

Victoria 's setting of the Easter hymn published in 1585. Alternate verses are sung to plain chant, and the chant is heard as a cantus firmus throughout. A full translation is available on the video's Youtube page.  It is featured in The Ebor Singers' recording Victoria: Lamentations.