Thursday, 22 November 2012
For Saint Cecilia's Day
Benjamin Britten's Hymn to Saint Cecilia, a setting of W.H. Auden's poem.
The Cambridge Singers conducted by John Rutter with soloists Caroline Ashton, Donna Deam, Susanna Spicer, Angus Smith and Charles Pott.
"...O weep, child, weep, O weep away the stain.
O law drummed out by hearts against the still
Long winter of our intellectual will.
That what has been may never be again.
O flute that throbs with the thanksgiving breath
Of convalescents on the shores of death.
O bless the freedom that you never chose.
O trumpets that unguarded children blow
About the fortress of their inner foe.
O wear your tribulation like a rose.
Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions
To all musicians, appear and inspire:
Translated Daughter, come down and startle
Composing mortals with immortal fire."