Friday, January 18, 2008

Monteverdi, fer cryin' out loud!

Here's a really nice song from Monteverdi, from before Italian opera got annoying! (link) The soprano is Olga Pasiecznik from the Ukraine, and the group is a Polish chamber ensemble called Altri Stromenti. You can buy their CD here if you want, on Magnatune. That would be cool...

P.S. I got the album image from the Magnatune website.

Here are the words:

Confitebor tibi Domine in toto corde meo,
in consilio justorum et congregatione.
Magna opera Domini:
exquisita in omnes voluntates ejus.

Confessio et magnificentia opus ejus,
et justitia ejus manet in sæculum sæculi.

Memoriam fecit mirabilium suorum,
misericors et miserator Dominus,
escam dedit timentibus se.

Memor erit in sæculum testamenti sui;
virtutem operum suorum
annuntiabit populo suo,
ut det illis hereditatem Gentium;
opera manuum ejus veritas et judicium.

Fidelia omnia mandata ejus;
confirmata in sæculum sæculi,
facta in veritate et æquitate.

Redemptionem misit Dominus populo suo;
mandavit in æternum testamentum suum.

Sanctum, et terribile nomen ejus;
initium sapientiæ timor Domini.

Intellectus bonus omnibus facientibus eum;
laudatio ejus manet in sæculum sæculi.

Gloria Patri, et Filio,
et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio,
et nunc et semper,
et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.
I will thank the Lord with all my heart
in the council of justice and the assembly.

Great [are] the works of the Lord:
[they are] sought out in all his goodwill.

his work [is] confession and grandeur,
and his justice remains forever.

His miracles were made into legends,
the merciful and gracious Lord,
he gave food to those who fear him.

The memory of his promise will be forever;
the goodness of his works
he will announce to his people,
thus let him give that heritage of the Gentiles;
the works of his hands [are] truth and justice.

All faith [is] entrusted to him;
and established forever,
made in truth and equity.

The Lord sent redemption to his people.
he commanded his covenant forever.

Holy and frightful [is] his name;
fear of the Lord [is] the beginning of wisdom.

A good understanding to all of them who act;
the praise of him endures forever.

Glory to the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning,
and [is] now and always,
and [will be] forever. Amen.