Out of This World — May 15, 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, “Out of This World,” contemplates outer space and the great beyond through music of the spheres and the heavenly realm. If music be the food of love, play on.

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“The Fourth Day” From The Creation Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)


And God Said: Let There Be Lights in the Firmament of Heaven
In Brightest Splendor Rises Now the Sun
The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God


Performed by Gabrieli, conducted by Paul McCreesh


Ascending into Heaven

Judith Weir (b. 1954)



Performed by Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, conducted by Graham Ross


Sanctus  (from Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Messa da Requiem)

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth.
Heaven and earth are filled with your glory.
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!
                    Requiem Liturgy

Performed by Monteverdi Choir & Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner


Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)

Song of Cherubim


We, who mystically represent the Cherubim,
And chant the thrice-holy hymn to the life-giving Trinity,
Let us set aside the cares of life
That we may receive the King of all,
Who comes invisibly escorted by the divine hosts. Alleluia.
                    Orthodox Liturgy

Performed by SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, conducted by Marcus Creed


The IncomprehensibleStephen Paulus (1949-2014)



Performed by True Concord, conducted by Eric Holtan


Other Worlds Revealed (for wordless chorus Meredith Monk (b. 1942)

from Atlas)

Performed by San Francisco Symphony Chorus, conducted by Vance George


Contemplation of the Earth Seen from Space Alec Roth (b. 1948)

(from Earthrise)


Performed by Ex Cathedra, conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore


Lux AeternaGyörgy Ligeti (1923-2006)


May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord,
with thy saints in eternity, for thou art merciful.
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon them.
                    Requiem Liturgy

Performed by Kammerchor Stuttgart, conducted by Frieder Bernius


Faire is the HeavenWilliam Henry Harris (1883-1973)



Performed by Cambridge Singers, conducted by John Rutter


Psalm 148Gustav Holst (1874-1934)



Performed by Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short