Music for Shelter — April 10, 2020

Derived from a range of outstanding choral music, my Playlists are designed to be like concerts, of about an hour in length. Each will be organized by a theme. The music of this first Playlist speaks of hope in the midst of turmoil, despair and loneliness. If music be the food of love, play on.

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Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)


Performed by the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner



Geistliches Lied, Op. 30

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)


Performed by Kammerchor Stuttgart, conducted by Frieder Bernius



Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)


Performed by Kammerchor Stuttgart, conducted by Frieder Bernius

Background and Translation


He, Watching Over Israel (from Elijah)


He, watching over Israel, slumbers not, nor sleeps. Shouldst thou, walking in grief, languish, He will quicken thee.

Performed by the Wrocław Philharmonic Choir, Gabrieli Young Singers Scheme, and Gabrieli Players, conducted by Paul McCreesh


The Lord is My Shepherd (from Requiem)John Rutter (b. 1945)


Performed by The Cambridge Singers and City of London Sinfonia, conducted by John Rutter



Arr. Moses Hogan (1957-2003)

Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel


Performed by Barbara Hendricks and the Moses Hogan Singers, conducted by Moses Hogan



The Music of Stillness Elaine Hagenberg (b. 1979)

Performed by the Oxford Choir, conducted by Bob Chilcott

Background and Text


The Peace of Wild ThingsJake Runestad (b. 1986)


Performed by Conspirare, conducted by Craig Hella Johnson

Background and Text


Sure On This Shining NightMorten Lauridsen (b. 1943)


Performed by The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists and Morten Lauridsen (piano), conducted by Matthew Culloton



Unclouded DayArr. Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)


Performed by the Sante Fe Desert Chorale, conducted by Joshua Habermann

Text and Background of the Original Music