When it comes to organized religions, my motto is ‘if I get a good pitch, I’ll swing’. I do spend a lot of time in churches, though, because that’s where the sublimity is.
So, in honor of Christmas day, I offer you two choral settings of the medieval poem O Magnum Mysterium. The first is by Tomas Luis de Victoria (huge .mp3), and the second by the American composer Morten Lauridsen (even huger .mp3).
And to make this post even more multimedia, here’s a 14th-century nativity from an anonymous Cologne painter: