Sunday, August 09, 2009

Bread of the Angels

Earlier tonight, our flight from Wichita arrived in Atlanta some 15 minutes too late to make the connection back to NYC. It was the last flight of the night to Gotham.

So, I'm blogging from the Doubletree Hotel near the Atlanta airport where Delta has put us (and a bunch of other stranded folks) up for the night. It's not a great situation but at least they threw in complimentary hotel Internet access.

I thought I would use this largess to note that today, at the Sunday Mass in Kansas, the choir sang C├ęsar Franck's beautiful setting of the hymn "Panis Angelicus" ("Bread of the Angels") during Communion.

It has been been my privilege to hear this piece performed twice by the great tenor Placido Domingo -- at the Papal Mass in NYC's Central Park in 1995 and at the Papal Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., last April.

Here's some video from the latter:

Many great vocalists have recorded Franck's "Panis Angelicus." Here, for instance, is tenor Andrea Bocelli:

A chill rendition by Sting and Pavarotti:

And, we can't forget the ladies. Here's the soprano Renee Fleming:

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