I went looking for a good video of this old gospel hymn, "Give Me Jesus", tonight after I heard it on the radio sung by somebody while I was driving. The recording that I heard on the radio was not sung by Jessye Norman, but I'm glad I found the video of her singing it. The words to the hymn are "You can have all the world. Just give me Jesus." I was missing some of those old hymns while I was driving.
I have heard her twice singing live. Once was in a concert in San Francisco. She did about 8 encores, and I think the first 5 or 6 had been rehearsed knowing that her audiences would demand them. It was well worth staying to the very last bow. The other time I heard her sing live was in 1987, when she played the part of one of the prioresses the first time I saw Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Met. You just can't beat Jessye Norman.
I've been thinking I would like to see that opera again. When I first saw it, it troubled me a lot. I was still Presbyterian at the time. I didn't know much about the French Revolution and thus didn't understand it. Three years or so later, when I saw it again, it was becoming my favorite opera. I first switched to Anglican in 1997, about 7 years later, and Catholic about 7 or 8 years after that (4 or 5 years ago). But I haven't seen Dialogues of the Carmelites since I became Catholic. So I really am thinking about going to Munich next April or June to see it again, and to plan a trip around it. We shall see.
Anyway, here's the Jessye Norman video.