Deep in December and as we are in the midst of many important holiday celebrations, I want to take a moment, on behalf of the entire Conspirare family, to extend our warmest wishes to you during this season.
We would like to share a gift of music with you. I invite you to find a few quiet moments to listen to the mystical, evocative music of Vladimir Martynov’s setting of The Beatitudes, composed in 1998.
Some of you were introduced to Martynov’s music through Paolo Sorrentino’s extraordinary film The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza). In 2006, the Kronos Quartet commissioned a string quartet version of The Beatitudes that was used throughout the film’s soundtrack.
We are so happy to be able to share with you the original choral setting that is included in our album The Sacred Spirit of Russia. The featured Conspirare soloists are sopranos Nicole Greenidge Joseph, Julie McCoy, and Sonja DuToit Tengblad.
In this time of great global unrest, may we hold the intentions of these loving Beatitudes for everyone in our world. We wish for each of you, and for all, the discovery of peace and manifold blessings.
Please enjoy this music and feel free to share the link with friends and family so we can pass the blessings around.
With all best wishes for your holiday season,
Craig Hella Johnson
P.S. Stay tuned … in a few days, we will share another jewel from the Russian repertoire.
English translation of The Beatitudes text:
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be ﬁlled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil
against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad,
for great is your reward in Heaven.