During Eastertide, the Church’s Marian hymn of choice is the Regina Caeli: Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia; Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia: Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia. (Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia; the Son you merited to bear, alleluia, has risen as he said, alleluia. Pray to God for us, alleluia.) JustContinue reading “Alleluia!”

Barbarity Vanquished

In this marvelous cantata, Barbara, dira, effera, Jan Dismas Zelenka explores the roots of Easter joy in the horror of our Lord’s Passion: Though the sound here is a bit muffled, the power of this performance by Delphine Galou and Collegium 1704 cannot be impeded. That befits the message conveyed: that the barbarity of man,Continue reading “Barbarity Vanquished”