Palestrina ~ Sicut Cervus (c. 1604)

The Renaissance master Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s setting of Psalm 42 is about as close to musical perfection as one can hear on earth.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

The Latin words set here by the Renaissance master Palestrina translate as “As the hart longs for the flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God.” The weaving in and out of the individual lines in the 4 voices — and the way chords come together at various points — are nothing short of sublime. 

The performance here is by Voices of Ascension, Dennis Keene conductor

Personal connection: This setting has long been a favorite at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral where I sing.

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