Sacred Bridges: Psalms of David

September 20, 2023, 10:00 pm

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Jewish wedding ring, early 14th century

Tonight’s program, titled “Sacred Bridges,” celebrates the rich connections between Orient and Occident, creating a musical exploration of the complex intertwinings – the sacred bridges – between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, as seen through settings of the timeless Psalms of David. Bringing this music to life is the multicultural ensemble Sarband. Though based in Germany, Sarband’s musicians hail from a number of different nations, united in their commitment to “bridging the Occident and Orient” through early music. Sarband is joined by The King’s Singers, the renowned British a cappella vocal ensemble founded in 1968 at King’s College, Cambridge.

Tonight’s program encompasses songs of lament and joy, confessions of sin, and songs of praise and glory, as polyphonic psalm settings by Claude Goudimel and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck blend with Alî Ufkî’s powerful Turkish lyrics and monophony.

Tonight’s program will be available on demand for two weeks following the broadcast. Please visit


Salamone Rossi (ca. 1570-1630)
Psalm 124

Ali Ufkî (1610-1675); Claude Goudimel (ca. 1540-1572)
Psalm 9

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Psalm 6

Ali Ufkî, Genevan Psalter
Psalm 6

Traditional Jewish
Psalm 113

Salamone Rossi
Psalm 118

Instrumental Improvisation
Psalm 2

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Psalm 7

Ali Ufkî, Genevan Psalter
Psalm 2

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Psalm 5

Salamone Rossi
Psalm 128

Sarband; Vladimir Ivanoff, Director
The King’s Singers
Signum Classics SIGCD065, 2005