“O Vos Omnes” by Timothy Michael Powell
O Vos Omnes is one of the great poetic masterpieces of the Hebrew Bible, written at the beginning of the 6th century, B.C.E. as a lament for the destruction of Jerusalem. In the Christian church, it is sung or chanted during Holy Week services such as the Tenebrae. Timothy Michael Powell’s setting captures the ancient spirit of the Lament with echoing canonical chant entrances superimposed over choral drones – as if the listener hears the music from somewhere deep within a darkened cathedral progressively coming closer.