Gregorian Chant

Vidimus stellam, alleluia

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This chant is associated with the Epiphany, the baptism of Jesus Christ, and is sung at Latin masses in the Roman Catholic Church. The Epiphany was traditionally observed on January 6, but is a movable feast day in certain parts of the world and is often celebrated on a Sunday during the week of January 2 through January 8. Vidimus stellam, alleluia translates to We have seen his star and pertains to the Biblical account of the star hovering above the birthplace of Christ. Its soaring melody begins in the middle ranges and weaves a winding path serenely upward in its first phrase, then etches out lovely arched contours in succeeding phrases. The singing is a mixture of syllabic and melismatic styles, with the latter dominant and seeming to impart a sense of floating, like a feather carried upward and downward by a gentle wind. The contrasting secondary material is brief and the opening melody returns to close out this lovely work. Chant mavens will find this short item worth their attention.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2013 United Classics T 2CD2012139
    2011 Sony Music
    2011 Sony Music Distribution
    2011 EMI Classics / Virgin Classics 5099907085123
    2010 Capriccio Records 7066
    2010 BIS / Erato / Virgin Classics 5099962851
    2010 Ars Musici / Membran 232369
    2009 Hyperion 67707
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Multimedia San Paolo / Zebralution
    2008 Laserlight / Zebralution
    2007 Song Digital / Zebralution
    2006 Milan
    2006 New Classical Adventure 9509814
    2006 Milan
    2005 Laserlight 14500
    2004 Laserlight 14597
    2003 Aura Classics 0198
    2002 Delta Distribution 14576
    2001 Deutsche Grammophon 469241
    2001 Hungaroton 32014
    2000 Delta Distribution 24472
    2000 Laserlight 55572
    1997 Angel Records / EMI Music Distribution 56408
    1996 Capriccio Records 10701
    1995 Hungaroton 12559
    1994 Just A Memory Records 9123
    1994 Delta Distribution 14157
    Carlton Classics 3007
    Carlton Classics 660087
    Eufoda 1222
    Eufoda 1119
    Haydn Society 9038
    McGraw Hill 6545