The Call from the Cross

Samuel Barber: “The Crucifixion”

From Hermit Songs:

Text:

At the cry of the first bird
They began to crucify Thee, O Swan!
Never shall lament cease because of that.
It was like the parting of day from night.
Ah, sore was the suffering borne
By the body of Mary's Son,
But sorer still to Him was the grief
Which for His sake
Came upon His Mother.

(I know, this would have been more appropriate yesterday, but I was offline. If I'd thought about it soon enough I could have scheduled the post ahead of time.)

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It's a shame that the Leontyne Price recording of this is not available on Youtube. I think you know it, though.

Yes, it's the one I have. It's beautiful. There several versions on yt by amateur/student singers. I picked this one because the sound quality is not bad.

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