When Birds Do Sing — June 12, 2020
Derived from a range of outstanding choral music, my themed Playlists are designed to be like concerts, of about an hour in length.
This week’s Playlist celebrates spring and love, with the kind assistance of a variety of birds in works by Brahms, Monteverdi, Whitacre, George Shearing and more.
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Liebeslieder-Walzer, Op.52 Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Performed by Monteverdi Choir, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner
Ecco mormorar l’onde
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Performed by Hallenser Madrigalisten, conducted by Andreas Göpfert
Clément Janequin (c.1485-1558)
Le Chant des Oiseaux
Performed by Concert Clemens, conducted by Carsten Seyer-Hanse
Eric Whitacre (b.1970)
Performed by BYU Singers, conducted by Ronald Staheli
Vårsång – Glad såsom fågeln
Prince Gustaf (1827-1852); Arr. Robert Sund
Happy as the bird in the morning-time I welcome spring in joyous mood,
The lark answers me, also the thrush in the grove,
The flicker in the field and the grouse in the woods.
See how those little silvered creeks hop and slap,
Pleasant arms ’round clumps and stones.
See how it spreads among bushes and branches of life and of dance
In the delightful spring sun’s brilliance!
Original Swedish by Herman Sätherberg (1812-1897); tr. R. Solomonson
Performed by Allmänna Sången, conducted by Cecilia Rydinger Alin (Spotify)
Örebro Kammerkör, conducted by Fred Sjoberg (YouTube)
Five Hebrew Love SongsEric Whitacre
Performed by Eric Whitacre Singers, conducted by Eric Whitacre
Now is the Month of Maying
Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602)
Performed by The King’s Singers
Sven-Eric Johanson (1919-1997); Arr. for marimba by Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen
Performed by Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, conducted by Grete Pedersen
Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare
George Shearing (1919-2011)
Performed by The Cambridge Singers, conducted by John Rutter