Charpentier​/​O pretiosum

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An elevation motet by Marc-Antoine Charpentier in a live recording from Sat. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco on December 19 2010.

Warren Stewart, artistic director

Jennifer Ellis Kampani, soprano
Rob Diggins, violin
Jolianne von Einem, violin
John Dornenburg, viola da gamba
Jillon Stoppels Dupree, organ


Text and English Translation

O pretiosum, o salutiferum, o admirabile convivium!

Quis exprimere sufficit hujus sacramenti suavitatem, per quod spiritalis dulcedo in suo fonte gustatur ?

Ah! nullus sufficit, fulcite me floribus, stipate me mali, ecce præ dulcedine deficit, virtus mea, ecce languet anima mea amoreet desiderio Jesus !

O precious, salutory, marvelous banquet!

Who can describe the sweetness of the sacrament, causing every heavenly delicacy to be savored at its source.

Ah, no one can! Support me with flowers,
Provide me with apples, how such sweetness makes me faint, how my soul begins to languish with love and desire for Jesus!


from Jennifer Ellis Kampani Sampler, track released December 23, 2010
Boby Borisov, engineer


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