Of Field and Flower — July 10, 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 explores the beauty and tenderness of blossoms and meadows with works by Britten, Paulus, Whitacre, Corigliano’s setting of Dylan Thomas’s Fern Hill and more.
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Fern Hill John Corigliano (b.1938)
Performed by Kansas City Chorale, conducted by Charles Bruffy
In Flanders Fields
Stephen Chatman (b.1950)
Performed by Vancouver Chamber Choir, conducted by Jon Washburn
David Wikander (1884-1955)
Performed by Accentus, conducted by Eric Ericson (Spotify)
Swedish Radio Choir, conducted by Peter Kijkstra (YouTube)
Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795-1856)
Lay A Garland
Lay a garland on her hearse
of dismal yew.
Maidens, willow branches wear,
say she died true.
Her love was false, but she was firm
Upon her buried body lie
lightly, thou gentle earth.
Francis Beaumont (1584-1616)
Performed by The Sixteen, conducted by Harry Christophers
Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
Performed by True Concord, conducted by Eric Holtan
Eric Whitacre (b.1970)
Three Flower Songs
I Hide Myself
With a Lily in Your Hand
Go, Lovely Rose
Peformed by BYU Singers, conducted by Ronald Staheli
Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.
15th century carol; tr. Theodore Baker (1851-1934)
Performed by Elora Festival Singers, conducted by Noel Edison
Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
A Spotless Rose
Performed by Gabrieli, conducted by Paul McCreesh
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Five Flower Songs
The Succession of the Four Sweet Months
The Evening Primrose
The Ballad of Green Broom
Performed by The Cambridge Singers, conducted by John Rutter