O Nata Lux Michael John Trotta TenebraeO Nata Lux – EP

Four A Cappella Motets

The human voice reaches new heights with this sublime journey to heavens. The clarity and focus of O Nata Lux transport you to a place of transcendent bliss. In the tradition of the great cathedrals, this new a cappella work from Michael John Trotta is masterfully sung by Tenebrae under the direction of Nigel Short. From the gentle unfolding of Surge Illuminare and O Nata Lux (both exploring light) to the fierce intensity of Dies Irae and the poignancy of Ave Verum Corpus the performance is a breathtakingly transcendent, meditative experience leaving you refreshed and energized. Recorded live in London.

Fueled by a passion for combining tradition and innovation, American composer Michael John Trotta (b.1978) creates music that resonates with modern audiences around the world. From Carnegie Hall to cathedrals and concert halls around the world, he writes “elegant, singable music with a strong, spiritual heft” (Choir and Organ Magazine). “Appealing melodic lines, tender harmonies and a palette of glowing vocal and instrumental colors . . . rapturous” (Gramophone).

Under the direction of Nigel Short, Tenebrae performs at major festivals and venues across the globe, including the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Rheingau Musik Festival and Sydney Festival. The choir has earned international acclaim for its interpretations of choral music from the Renaissance through to contemporary masterpieces. and has commissioned new music from composers including Its extensive recording catalogue comprises a wide range of music on labels including Signum, LSO Live and Warner Classics, and has earned the choir two BBC Music Magazine Awards and a Grammy nomination.

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Available everywhere February 09, 2024

1. Surge Illuminare

Surge, illuminare, Jerusalem,
quia venit lumen tuum,
et gloria Domini super te orta est.

Quia ecce tenebrae operient terram
et caligo populos.

Super te autem orietur Dominus
et gloria eius in te videbitur.

Arise, shine O Jerusalem;
for thy light is come,
and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
and gross darkness the people:

but the Lord shall arise upon thee,
and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

2. Dies Irae

Dies irae, dies illa,
solvet saeclum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.

Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
judicanti responsura.

Recordare, Jesu pie,
ne me perdas (illa die).
Huic ergo parce, Deus,
dona eis requiem.

Salva me!

Day of wrath and day of judgment,
Earth shall perish in an instant,
as foretold by prophets ancient.

Death and nature both are shaken,
as creation re-awakens,
to its Judge an answer making.

Remember me, merciful Jesus,
let me not perish (that terrible day).
Therefore, Gracious God, spare them,
grant eternal rest to them.

Save me!

3. Ave Verum Corpus

Ave verum corpus, natum
de Maria Virgine,
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:
esto nobis praegustatum
in mortis examine.

[O Iesu dulcis, O Iesu pie,
O Iesu, fili Mariae.
Miserere mei. Amen]

Hail, true Body, born

of the Virgin Mary,

having truly suffered, sacrificed

on the cross for mankind,

from whose pierced side
water and blood flowed:

Be for us a sweet foretaste
in the trial of death!
[O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus,
O Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me. Amen.]

4. O Nata Lux

O nata lux de lumine,
Jesu redemptor saeculi,
Dignare clemens supplicum
Laudes precesque sumere.

Qui carne quondam contegi
Dignatus es pro perditis,
Nos membra confer effici
Tui beati corporis.

O light, born of light,
redeemer of the world,
find our offerings worthy
and accept our praises.


You, who once came to be clothed in flesh
for the sake of the lost,
grant that we may be made
members of your holy fellowship.