Dum transisset Sabbatum
HAVING previously posted Alamire’s incomplete recording of this, John Taverner‘s Easter masterpiece, we post the full recording, below. It is incomparably haunting, and its soaring part writing transports the listener to that first Easter, very early in the morning, the sun cresting the horizon beyond the empty tomb. As we have said: if it does not give you chills, you are not listening.
Dum transisset Sabbatum Maria Magdalene et Maria Jacobi et Salome emerunt aromata, ut venientes ungerent Jesum, alleluia. Et valde mane una sabbatorum veniunt ad monumentum orto jam sole. Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.
And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary [the mother of] James, and Salome brought spices, that coming they might anoint Jesus, alleluia. And very early the first of the Sabbath, they came to the monument, the sun being now risen. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. [Mark 16:1-2]